Roberto Reyes-Jackson indicted for allegedly supplying drug-dealing inmate with marijuana and fentanyl.
TRENTON — A state corrections officer was indicted Thursday on charges he smuggled fentanyl and marijuana into Northern State Prison for an inmate who was dealing drugs behind bars, authorities said.
Roberto Reyes-Jackson, 28, is accused of taking more than $200 in bribes from the inmate’s girlfriend to bring the drugs inside the Newark facility over a four-month period.
Roberto Reyes-Jackson, 28, of Irvington. NJOAG
He was indicted on charges including conspiracy, official misconduct, bribery and drug distribution.
Reyes-Jackson, of Irvington, was suspended from his post as a senior corrections officer following an internal investigation, which was launched in December after prison officials discovered some of the drugs inside the unidentified inmate’s cell, authorities said.
The investigation found the officer allegedly smuggled multiple doses of a powder compound laced with fentanyl, a potent synthetic opioid linked to a spike in overdose deaths in New Jersey and across the country.
Authorities claim Reyes-Jackson smuggled the drug in single-dose bags marked with a “panda face” logo, packaged like heroin. The inmate then distributed them to other prisoners, who paid for them by having friends or relatives wire money to his girlfriend.
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“Any type of prison smuggling is a serious issue because of the threat to security inside the facility,” said Elie Honig, the director of the state Division of Criminal Justice, which brought the charges. “But this case is particularly egregious because Reyes-Jackson allegedly supplied an inmate with one of the deadliest drugs fueling the opioid epidemic.”
The officer was charged by summons and is out pending an arraignment, a spokesman for the state Attorney General’s Office said. He could not be reached and had no listed attorney.
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