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Okeechobee Correctional Institution officer facing bribery, drug charges

Posted at 2:01 PM, Sep 21, 2018
and last updated 2018-09-21 19:32:36-04

A man who worked with prisoners could soon become one.

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement said it has arrested a correctional officer with Okeechobee Correctional Institution.

Agents detained 29-year-old Jeremiah Payne Thursday. They say he faces charges of bribery, possession of a controlled substance, possession of marijuana under 20 grams and attempted introduction of contraband into a correctional facility.

Over a year's time, Payne received cash and synthetic marijuana to bring in contraband to the facility, FDLE said.

Payne was booked into the Okeechobee County Jail Thursday evening.