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NJ corrections officer admits to taking bribes

Posted at 4:34 PM, Oct 10, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-10 16:34:35-04

NEWARK, N.J. — A former New Jersey corrections officer had admitted to smuggling drugs to a state prison inmate in exchange for bribe money.

Officials say 30-year-old Roberto Reyes-Jackson, of Irvington, pleaded guilty Thursday to conspiracy to commit official misconduct. reports Reyes-Jackson worked at the Northern State Prison in Newark and smuggled wax folds of fentanyl and cannabis to inmate Aaron Copeland.

Authorities say Copeland’s girlfriend, Tyeesha Powell, paid Reyes-Jackson several hundred dollars in bribes and Copeland would then sell the drugs to other inmates.

Court records indicate that under his plea agreement, Reyes-Jackson faces four years in state prison and will be permanently barred from public employment.