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June 7, 2014

Mitchell correctional officer sentenced to federal prison

THOMASVILLE — A former Mitchell County corrections officer will spend two years in federal prison for conspiracy to provide contraband at the Pelham detention center where he was employed.

Curtis Drakes, 33, a Mitchell County resident, was sentenced by Judge W. Louis Sands in Albany U.S. District Court.

 Drakes entered a guilty plea to the charge in February. As a part of a plea agreement, Drakes admitted that from about April 15, 2013, to May 16, 2013, while employed as a corrections officer at Mize Street Detention Facility in Pelham, he accepted money from inmates in exchange for cell phones, which are prohibited objects for the inmates.

"When (Mr.) Drakes smuggled cell phones into a secure detention facility, he not only violated his oath, he put the safety of his fellow guards, law enforcement officers and potential witnesses in jeopardy. We don't need people who are locked up using cell phones to conduct illegal business or intimidate witnesses in the community," said U.S. Attorney Michael Moore.

The case was investigated by the U.S. Marshal Service and Pelham Police Department.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Leah E. McEwen represented the government in prosecution of the case.


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