- Associated Press - Thursday, January 19, 2017

COLUMBUS, Ga. (AP) - A former prison guard has been sentenced to six months in prison for distributing marijuana to inmates.

U.S. Attorney G. F. Peterman III, in a news release Thursday, said 43-year-old James Royal also was prohibited from seeking or obtaining further employment in law enforcement.

Royal worked as a correctional officer at the Stewart County Detention Center in Lumpkin, Georgia.

Peterman’s office says evidence showed Royal smuggled marijuana into the facility to various detainees, who then arranged to have him paid via Western Union money transfers.

Copyright © 2018 The Washington Times, LLC.

The Washington Times Comment Policy

The Washington Times is switching its third-party commenting system from Disqus to Spot.IM. You will need to either create an account with Spot.im or if you wish to use your Disqus account look under the Conversation for the link "Have a Disqus Account?". Please read our Comment Policy before commenting.


Click to Read More and View Comments

Click to Hide