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CO who took nearly $78K in bribes to smuggle drugs to inmates heads to federal prison

In addition to a 43-month prison sentence, the ex-CO was sentenced to two years of supervised release and will have to forfeit the $77,894 he obtained illegally

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By Jeff Goldman

NEW YORK CITY — A now-former correctional officer from New Jersey has been sentenced to more than three-and-half years in prison for his role in a scheme to accept nearly $78,000 in bribes to smuggle drugs, alcohol and cell phones into the New York correctional facility where he worked.

Perry Joyner, 30, of Orange, also attempted to arrange for a man housed at the Metropolitan Correctional Center in Lower Manhattan to be slashed by other inmates because he thought the inmate had ratted him out, federal prosecutors said.

The inmate was transferred before the assault could be carried out.

Joyner was one of eight jail employees and inmates charged in November 2021. Another correctional officer and a jail secretary have also been convicted and await sentencing, according to court documents.

In addition to a 43-month sentence in federal prison, Joyner will also be subject to two years of supervised release and will have to forfeit the $77,894 he obtained illegally, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York said Tuesday.

Joyner accepted payoffs from inmates and their associates from October 2019 to February 2020 to bring , oxycodone, alprazolam, Suboxone, marijuana, K2, cellphones, cigarettes, and alcohol inside the facility and provide the items to inmates. The inmates then used, sold, traded or resold the contraband, prosecutors said.

Joyner pleaded guilty in December 2022.

The dilapidated Metropolitan Correctional Center on Park Row has been closed since the fall of 2021.

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