Former corrections officer pleads guilty to distribution of marijuana


MACON, Ga. – 43-year-old James Royal of Cuthbert, Georgia pled guilty Tuesday to distribution of marijuana.

Royal was a corrections officer at the Immigration and Customs Enforcement facility in Lumpkin, Georgia. Between November 2015 and January 2016, Mr. Royal smuggled marijuana into the prison and sold it to the inmates. He received payment from inmates, and/or friends of inmates, via Western Union. The money was sent to a convenience store in Cuthbert, Georgia, where Royal would pick it up.

Sentencing has been set for January 17, 2017. Mr. Royal faces up to five years in prison.


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