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      Former correctional officer pleads guilty to smuggling cell phones

      Officials with the office of the United States Attorney for the Middle District of Georgia has announced that a former Mitchell County Correctional Officer has pled guilty to conspiracy to provide contraband in prison. / MGN Online

      Officials with the office of the United States Attorney for the Middle District of Georgia has announced that a former Mitchell County Correctional Officer has pled guilty to conspiracy to provide contraband in prison.

      They say that 33-year-old Curtis Drakes entered the plea on February 11 before U.S. District Court Judge W. Louis Sands in Albany.

      According to the release, as a part of his plea agreement, Drakes admitted that from about April 15, 2013 to May 16, 2013, while employed as a Correctional Officer at the Mize Street Detention Facility in Pelham, Georgia, he accepted money from inmates in custody at the facility in exchange for cell phones, which are prohibited objects for the inmates.

      "When Mr. Drakes smuggled cell phones into a secure detention facility , he not only violated his oath, he put the safety of his fellow guards, law enforcement officers , and potential witnesses in jeopardy. We don't need people who are locked up using cell phones to conduct illegal business or intimidate witnesses in the community," said U.S. Attorney Michael Moore.

      Drakes faces sentencing on May 8 and faces a maximum of five years in prison.
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