MIAMI (CBSMiami) – Two South Florida men, one a former prison sergeant and the other, a corrections officer, have been charged with smuggling contraband into the Miami-Dade Correctional Institution.
Miami-Dade State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle announced the arrests of former Dade Correctional Institution Sgt. Travis Thompson and Dade Correctional Institution Officer Gary Leon Littlejohn on Friday.READ MORE: Satellite Maker Terran Orbital Investing $300M To Build World’s Largest Commercial Spacecraft Facility In Florida
According to Rundle, both men brought contraband cigarettes to the inmates for a cash payment.
“Receiving contraband while in prison allows some inmates to accumulate wealth, power, and prestige among the inmate population,” said Rundle in a released statement. “This can lead to violence among the inmates and place correctional staff in danger.”READ MORE: Sheriff: Florida Woman Accused Of Throwing Firebombs At Buddhist Temple
Thompson is also accused of bringing in cell phone SIM cards and Littlejohn was allegedly paid to take in a cell phone.
Rundle says Thompson received $2,000 and Littlejohn received $1,200.MORE NEWS: Powerball Jackpot Jumps To $545 Million For Monday Night's Drawing
Thompson is facing 1 count of unlawful compensation or reward for official behavior, a second-degree felony, and 1 count of introduction into, removal or possession of contraband in a state correctional facility, which is a third-degree felony. Littlejohn is charged with 1 count of Unlawful Compensation or Reward for Official Behavior, a second-degree felony.