Correctional officer admits to using potato chip bags to smuggle drugs into NJ jail

Monmouth County Jail, Freehold Township.
Monmouth County Jail, Freehold Township. Photo credit Joseph Sapia/Asbury Park Press/Imagn Content Services, LLC

FREEHOLD, N.J. (1010 WINS) — A correctional officer has pleaded guilty to smuggling drugs hidden in potato chip bags into a New Jersey jail, prosecutors said.

Bryant Mack, 54, faces up to five years in prison, the Monmouth County Prosecutor's Office said Wednesday.

Mack, an 18-year veteran at the Monmouth County Jail, smuggled drugs and other contraband into the facility in the bags.

The prosecutor's office said an inmate paid Mack for the drugs and resold the narcotics to other inmates.

Mack's plot was uncovered on Sept. 4, 2021, when other correctional officers found two inmates with drugs and other contraband in their cells and traced the items back to Mack, officials said.

Mack has been ordered to resign from his job and is barred from holding any public position in New Jersey for the rest of his life.

"Mr. Mack violated his sworn duty to protect and serve when he brought contraband into the jail for his own personal gain," Acting Monmouth County Prosecutor Raymond Santiago said. "By doing so, he placed his fellow officers and other inmates at the jail in danger and justice requires that he take responsibility for his actions."

Mack, who is scheduled to be sentenced April 21, pleaded guilty to second-degree conspiracy to distribute a controlled dangerous substance.

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