A former Georgia Department of Corrections officer has been sentenced to federal prison after his conviction for possession with the intent to distribute methamphetamine.

Mark Edward Jeffery was convicted for smuggling alcohol, drugs, and contraband cellphones into the Hays State Prison in Trion, GA.

On February 7, 2018, one of Jeffery’s fellow correctional officers observed a large rectangular object, wrapped in black electrical tape, hidden in Jeffery’s beverage container. The officer notified a supervisor about possible contraband.

Later that day, the prison’s chief of security asked Jeffery to consent to a search of his person and belongings. Jeffery consented to the search and correctional officers found one brown glass smoking utensil, four cellular phone chargers, four smartphones, two bags containing 190 pills, a plastic bag with methamphetamine, and a water bottle with alcohol.

Jeffery, 34, was sentenced to five years in prison, followed by three years of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment. A federal grand jury indicted Jeffery, and he pleaded guilty on February 11, 2019 to one count of possession with intent to distribute a controlled substance.

“Smuggling illegal contraband into a prison jeopardizes the safety of jailers and inmates alike,” said U.S. Attorney Byung J. “BJay” Pak. “Contraband also fosters criminal activities both inside and outside of prisons. Correctional officers like Jeffery, who disgrace their badge, can expect to be prosecuted and join the prison population they were eager to accommodate by committing these crimes.”