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State corrections officer arrested in marijuana sales plot

Police: Pot was to be sold to inmates

State corrections officer arrested in marijuana sales plot

State corrections officer arrested in marijuana sales plot

Jocelyn Miranda Fedon

A corrections officer at Georgia State Prison in Reidsville was arrested Tuesday after Statesboro-Bulloch Crime Suppression Team investigators learned of her plans to buy marijuana in Statesboro and sell it to inmates in the prison, authorities said.

Investigators received information Tuesday that a female corrections officer was planning to purchase a quantity of marijuana in Statesboro and smuggle it into the facility, then sell it to inmates, according to a Crime Suppression Team news release.

A confidential source provided investigators with the female’s vehicle description and direction of travel into Statesboro. Investigators and patrol units with the Bulloch County Sheriff’s Office and Statesboro Police Department stopped the female, later identified as Jocelyn Miranda Fedon, 22, of New Street in Dublin, and found a large quantity of marijuana in the vehicle, the release says.

Fedon was arrested and charged with possession of marijuana with intent to distribute.

The Georgia Department of Corrections and supervisors at the Georgia State Prison were notified of the arrest and have initiated an internal investigation.

The Crime Suppression Team also announced two other arrests in unrelated cases.

On Monday, investigators responded to a residence in the 300 block of P.W. Clifton Rd near the Leefield community regarding drug complaints. The complaints involved the possible manufacturing of methamphetamine.

Investigators spoke with the property owner and discovered all of the components necessary for making meth. The items were safely removed, and William Richard West Jr., 50, of the residence, was taken into custody and charged with criminal attempt to manufacture methamphetamine, according to the news release.

And on Tuesday, investigators served a search warrant at an apartment in The Avenue at Southern on Georgia Avenue and found marijuana and stolen property, the release says.

Brandon Brantley, 18, of Country Way in Springfield, was taken into custody and charged with two counts of sale of marijuana and one count each of possession with intent to distribute marijuana, possession/use of a drug-related object, theft by conversion and misdemeanor obstruction of an officer. He was also wanted by the Effingham County Sheriff’s Office.

The Crime Suppression Team is a partnership between the Bulloch County Sheriff’s Office and Statesboro Police Department.

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