Former Corrections Officer Smuggled Drugs In Potato Chip Bags

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  MONMOUTH COUNTY – A former Monmouth County Correctional Institution (MCCI) Officer has been sentenced to five years in state prison for distributing drugs to inmates within the jail, officials said.

  Bryant Mack, 55, of Shamong, was sentenced on May 26 after pleading guilty to second-degree Conspiracy to Distribute a Controlled Dangerous Substance (CDS).

  Mack was a corrections officer for 18 years. According to officials, he would smuggle drugs and other contraband into the facility by hiding them in potato chip bags. He would give the substances to an inmate who proceeded to distribute them within the jail.

  Authorities discovered Mack’s criminal activity on September 4, 2021, after officers caught two inmates with drugs and other contraband in their cells. Detectives were able to trace the items back to Mack.

  During his plea, Mack admitted that he entered into an agreement with an inmate to smuggle synthetic marijuana into the jail in exchange for payment.

  At that time, the judge entered an order forfeiting Mack’s job at MCCI and prohibiting him from holding public office ever again in the State of New Jersey.