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LCI officer charged with plan to smuggle cigarettes, synthetic marijuana into prison

The Calhoun-Liberty Journal of Bristol, Florida

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A 19-year-old Bristol man working as a correctional officer at Liberty Correctional Institution was arrested Oct. 2 after investigators determined he accepted money to smuggle in controlled substances to inmates at the facility.

Zephaniah D. Mike was charged with unlawful compensation by a public employee, two counts of conspiracy to introduce contraband into a state correctional institution and unlawful use of a two way communication device.

According to the arrest report Zephaniah gave several inmates his personal phone number to set up a meeting with a man who came to his home and paid him $120 to deliver 30 grams of synthetic marijuana — known as K-2 — to inmates. Inmates told investigators he was also supposed to supply them with cigarettes as well. None of the contraband was delivered, according to the report.

A contraband cell phone found inside the prison's perimeter showed Zephaniah had sent and received numerous texts to it from his own cell phone.

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Original Publication Date: October 7, 2015

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