Florida Prison Guard Accused Of Participating In Drug Smuggling Scheme – CBS Miami

OCALA, Florida (CBSMiami / AP) – A federal prison guard from Florida faces up to 15 years in prison for alleged involvement in drug smuggling.

A federal grand jury in Ocala last week filed charges against Wayne Grant Jr., who is charged with receiving bribes from a public official, according to court records.

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According to the indictment, Grant, 27, worked as a correctional officer at the Coleman Federal Correctional Complex in Sumter County, west of Orlando.

Grant agreed to smuggle methamphetamine into the prison for money for an inmate in December, prosecutors said. Federal authorities were notified, and Grant unwittingly began communicating with an undercover agent to complete the transaction, officials said.

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Federal agents sent about 70 grams of counterfeit methamphetamine and $ 2,000 money order to a post office where Grant could pick them up, officials said. Grant deposited the money orders in his bank account and smuggled the counterfeit drugs into the prison during a regular shift in February.

It is unclear whether Grant had an attorney to speak on his behalf.

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