- Associated Press - Sunday, February 7, 2016

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - Prosecutors say four former sheriff’s employees have been sentenced to federal prison in a scheme to smuggle what they thought were OxyContin pills in the Shelby County Jail.

Media outlets report U.S. Attorney Edward L. Stanton III’s office announced the sentencings Friday of Marcus Green, Brian Grammer, Torriano Vaughn and Anthony Thomas.

Stanton spokesman Louis Goggans says in a news release that after inmates tipped off authorities, law enforcement agents posing as associates of cooperating inmates arranged with the jailers to have pills smuggled into jail in exchange for cash.

Goggans says pills provided to the jailers were placebos and were ultimately recovered by law enforcement.

Vaughn, Green and Grammer were sentenced to one year plus one day in prison. Thomas was sentenced to one month in prison.

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