ROME, Ga. (WDEF) – Three inmates and an outside accomplice have been indicted on charges of conspiring to smuggle drugs into Hays State Prison in Chattooga County, Georgia.
The defendants are inmates Octavius Henry, Alexis Jay Stokley, and Khalid Eugene Mouton plus accomplice Jessica Corley Stokley.
All of the suspects are from Atlanta.
Prosecutors say the scheme happened in 2018.
They say the suspects used banned cell phones to set up the deal and bribed corrections official Voltaire Peter Pierre, who has already pleaded guilty.
The scheme involved meth, crack cocaine and marijuana along with other contraband.
Prosecutors say they sent coded texts through the prison email system to conspirators outside.
They would drop the contraband at Pierre’s home and he would smuggle it into the prison.
The inmates would sell it and paid Pierre through a payment app and prepaid debit cards.
“Prisons should be a place of rehabilitation, not a place to continue committing crimes,” said Chris Hacker, Special Agent in Charge of FBI Atlanta.
“Illegal cell phones have emboldened inmates and their associates to engage in criminal conduct, sometimes with the help of law enforcement officials. It threatens both inmates and staff and the FBI will pursue these investigations no matter who is involved.”