Former correctional officer accused of selling inmates pot

February 19, 2022 GMT

CHESHIRE, Conn. (AP) — A former Connecticut correctional officer has been accused of selling marijuana to inmates and getting paid through a Cash App account.

State Police arrested the former officer on Thursday, charging him with conveying an unauthorized item into a correctional institution. He was released on a $10,000 bond and is scheduled to be arraigned on March 17.

The former officer, who resigned in October, was initially implicated after an inmate was found with drugs on January 28, 2021. An investigation by the Department of Correction discovered a note informing the inmate to “have his peoples go to a Cash App.” The note included a phone number that was eventually linked to the officer, according to a warrant cited by the Waterbury Republican American.

An inmate told correctional officials the officer would leave marijuana in a garbage can for inmates to pick up, according to the warrant. The inmate said the officer had been providing the marijuana since November 2020.

The now-former officer has denied using the Cash App account and his lawyer said he is contesting all the allegations.