- Associated Press - Friday, May 1, 2015

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Two Virginia corrections officers have been suspended following their indictment on drug conspiracy charges.

Lann Clanton and Alphonso Ponton were among 13 current and former law enforcement officers indicted in North Carolina after participating in what they allegedly thought was a large-scale cocaine and heroin shipping operation. Authorities said Thursday it was actually an FBI sting.

Virginia Department of Corrections spokeswoman Lisa Kinney says Clanton and Ponton were employees of The GEO Group Inc. at Lawrenceville Correctional Center. Lawrenceville is Virginia’s only privatized prison.

GEO Group spokesman Pablo Paez said Friday that Clanton and Ponton have been suspended without pay.

Prosecutors say the defendants conspired to transport drugs along the Interstate 95 corridor. Authorities said the suspects transported fake drugs and that no real narcotics made it to the street.

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