Atlanta, Georgia 2020-10-17 10:00:00 –
Dublin, Georgia (CW69 News at 10) – Georgia Correctional Officer and convicted Ferron’s boyfriend are in possession of drugs packaged for smuggling into prison, according to a statement from the U.S. Attorney’s Office. He was sentenced to federal prison.
Judge Dudley H. Bowen has sentenced Dublin’s Lequesia Rasia Harden, 23, to 10 years in prison, said Bobby L. Christine, federal prosecutor for the Southern District of Georgia.
A jury in October 2019 convicted Harden of one count of possession intended to distribute marijuana and methamphetamine after a two-day trial. Dublin’s Tremine O. Linder, 31, who was convicted of the same charges, was previously sentenced to 10 years in prison. After the sentence ends, Harden will have to serve five years in prison for release under surveillance and Linder will have to serve three years in prison.
There is no parole in the federal system.
According to court documents and testimony, Harden worked as a correctional officer for the Georgia Correctional Authority (GDC) at the Wheeler Correctional Facility, a medium-security, privately-owned state prison in Alamo, Georgia. Linder was prosecuted after being convicted of the following felony. State accusations when officials from the Dublin Police Department and the Georgia Community Supervision Office visited Harden and Linder’s residences on April 9, 2018 and provided Linder with an arrest warrant for failing to meet prosecution requirements.
During the search for the dwelling, police officers found twelve small packages, two of which contained methamphetamine and ten of which contained marijuana. Marijuana was wrapped in electrical tape in several packages, including rolling paper. This is evidence that the material was packaged for smuggling into prison.
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