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Federal authorities announced charges against dozens of current or former Georgia corrections officers accused of using their badges to protect drug dealers on Thursday.
In all, 49 individuals were arrested, including 45 current or former Ga. corrections officers. They were scheduled to appear before a judge on Thursday.
The corrections officers are accused of a variety of charges, from smuggling contraband into Georgia prisons to accepting bribes in exchange for protecting drug deals that occurred outside of the facilities, federal officials said.
The facilities involved in Thursday's indictments include:
Hancock State Prison (Sparta, Ga.)
Riverbend Correctional Facility (Sparta, Ga.)
Pulaski State Prison (Hawskinsville, Ga.)
Baldwin State Prison (Milledgeville, Ga.)
Dooly State Prison (Unadilla, Ga.)
Phillips State Prison (Buford. Ga.)
Dodge State Prison (Chester, Ga.)
Autry State Prison (Unadilla, Ga.)
Macon State Prison (Oglethorpe, Ga.)
Additional, five members of the DOC Tactical Team, which are trained in riot and crowd control, firearms, chemical munitions, and other non-lethal munitions, were charged and arrested.
In exchange for thousands of dollars, the officers agreed to wear their DOC uniforms and accompany a purported drug trafficker while he delivered narcotics. In some cases, the officers agreed to transport the drugs themselves.
"It is truly troubling that so many corrections officers from across the state of Georgia could be so willing to sell their oath, sell their badges for personal profit to benefit and protect purported drug transactions -- drug dealers," said John Horn, United States Attorney in the Northern District of Georgia. "They not only betrayed the institutions that they were sworn to protect, but they betrayed the trust and faith of thousands of honest corrections officers who upload the values of their jobs every day."
originally posted by: intrptr
Lol, one prison down, 1,518,559 to go…
…according to this anyway.
originally posted by: TrueAmerican
Because corruption is profitable.
originally posted by: Justso
a reply to: intrptr Native Georgian here. My family have been and are presently in law enforcement. Personally know the undercover agent who had been working on this for at least two years and this "sting" barely touches the amount of bad apples in it for the drug deals. Our criminal system, mostly run by for-profit companies, is in really bad shape in Georgia; and always has been. Don't know anyone personally ever been in jail but have heard the stories; it's common knowledge. Sad.