Newark Star Ledger
NJ - Essex County authorities yesterday announced charges against two corrections officers accused of smuggling drugs into the county jail and said they expected more arrests to counter the widespread availability of contraband in the facility.
In disclosing the arrests of Malcolm Hughes and Derrick Reynolds, the authorities said street gangs work with corrections officers in peddling drugs, cell phones, tobacco and other commodities in the jail. Hughes was earning up to $1,000 per week for his role in the trade, authorities said.
Paul Bradley, chief of the professional standards bureau in the prosecutor's office, said each of the officers was carrying the drugs inside a Top-brand tobacco pouch. He said Hughes had 23 grams of marijuana in three separate bags and four pills of Ecstasy. Reynolds had 10 Ecstasy pills and 7 grams of marijuana in nine bags, he said.