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Former jail guard gets 2 years for selling phones to inmates

A Mitchell County man has been sentenced to 2 years in prison for selling cell phones to inmates while working as a correctional officer.

U.S. Attorney for the Middle District of Georgia Michael Moore says 33-year-old Curtis Drakes sold the phones to inmates at Mize Street Detention Facility in Pelham, Georgia for about a month in 2013. Cell phones aren't permitted at the jail, which is about 35 miles south of Albany.

Drakes pleaded guilty in February and was sentenced earlier this week.

Moore says Drakes put his fellow guards and potential witnesses in jeopardy.

The U.S. Marshal Service and the Pelham Police Department participated in the investigation.

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