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N.J. corrections officer accused of selling marijuana to inmates

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A former state corrections officer is accused of selling marijuana to inmates at one of New Jersey’s youth correctional facilities, authorities said.

Jaquae Hollingshead, a senior officer at the Garden State Youth Correctional Facility in Chesterfield, was indicted Tuesday on official misconduct and drug charges, according to the state Division of Criminal Justice.

Hollingshead, 24, was suspended from his position after an internal investigation found he was smuggling marijuana and tobacco into the prison in exchange for cash bribes from the inmates’ friends and family on the outside, authorities said.

He was fired in March, authorities said. State officials claim the inmates used a cell phone to coordinate the smuggling and sales with the officer.

 

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