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Prison guard sentenced in drug smuggling scheme

December 17, 2021 GMT

OCALA, Fla. (AP) — A federal prison guard in Florida has been sentenced to one year and eight months in prison for participating in a scheme to smuggle drugs into a facility.

Wayne Grant Jr., 28, of Orlando, was sentenced Thursday in Ocala federal court, according to court records. He pleaded guilty in September to receipt of a bribe by a public official.

According to the indictment, Grant, worked as a correctional officer at Coleman Federal Correctional Complex in Sumter County, west of Orlando. Grant agreed to smuggle methamphetamine into the prison for an inmate in exchange for money last December, prosecutors said. Federal authorities were notified, and Grant unwittingly began communicating with an undercover agent to complete the transaction, officials said.

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