Former Corrections Officer Sentenced to Prison

A former corrections officer was sentenced Monday to five years in prison for smuggling methamphetamine and other contraband into Hays State Prison in Trion.

Thirty-four-year-old Mark Edward Jeffery pleaded guilty in court on Monday, according to U.S. Attorney B.J. Pak.

In February 2018, a fellow corrections officers saw a large rectangular object wrapped in black electrical tape that was hidden inside Jeffery’s drink container, the release said. A supervisor was notified about possible contraband.

Later that day, the prison’s chief of security searched Jeffery and his belongings, finding a plastic bag containing meth, two bags with 190 pills inside, four smartphones, four cellphone chargers, a water bottle filled with alcohol and a brown glass smoking utensil.

Jeffery, who was a resident of Fairmont, Georgia,  was arrested and taken to the Chattooga County jail, records show. He pleaded guilty in February of this year.