A former Georgia Department of Corrections (GDC) officer pleaded guilty to being paid by inmates to smuggle in meth and marijuana into a state prison in Trion.

The Department of Justice said Tiffany Cook smuggled the drugs into Hays State Prison.

“Correctional officers compromise the safety of our nation’s prisons when they trade their badges for money,” U.S. Attorney Byung J. “BJay” Pak said. “Prisons are supposed to be places where additional criminal activity is impossible, but this notion breaks down when officers participate in the crimes.”

Cook began working at Hays State Prison in 2017. In July of 2018, an inmate told the GDC that Cook was being paid to smuggle illegal drugs into prison.

Correctional officers searched Cook when she arrived to work one day and found more than 118 grams of meth and more than 150 grams of marijuana hidden in private areas on her person.

"Cook not only betrayed the institution she was sworn to protect, she also betrayed every hard working corrections officer who upholds their oath every day,” Chris Hacker, Special Agent in Charge of FBI Atlanta, said. “Removing corrupt staff who violate their sworn duties as government employees and jeopardize the safety of fellow officers and inmates remains one of our main priorities.”

Cook was taken into custody and charged with one count of possession, with intent to distribute, a controlled substance. She has been sentenced to seven years and eight months in prison followed by a period of supervised release.