A former Monmouth County Correctional Institution officer has been sentenced to five years in state prison for conspiring to smuggle drugs into a jail so they could then be distributed to inmates.

Monmouth County Prosecutor Raymond Santiago's office says 55-year-old Bryant Mack of Shamong, Burlington County, was sentenced on Friday.

A cooperative investigation by the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office Professional Responsibility and Bias Crime Unit and the MCCI Special Investigations Division revealed that Mack, who had been a corrections officer for 18 years, would smuggle drugs and other items into the facility hidden in potato-chip bags. He would then provide the items to an inmate, who would then facilitate the distribution of the items throughout the jail.

The scheme was uncovered in September 2021 after officers caught two inmates with synthetic marijuana and other contraband in their cells.

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During a plea hearing this past November, Mack admitted that he entered into an agreement with an inmate to smuggle synthetic marijuana into the jail in exchange for payment. He pleaded guilty to a charge of second-degree conspiracy to distribute a controlled dangerous substance (CDS).

At that time, Mack was ordered to forfeit his job and he is prohibited from holding public office ever again in New Jersey.

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