BREAKING: MDOC officer arrested for contraband

BREAKING: MDOC officer arrested for contraband

LEAKESVILLE, MS (WDAM) - A correctional officer at the South Mississippi Correctional Institution in Leakesville is now behind bars for allegedly bringing contraband into the facility.

Sherrika Bennet, 36, turned herself in to U.S. Marshalls this morning in connection with the crime. According to the Mississippi Department of Corrections office of communications, Bennet has been employed since Sept. 16, 2013 as a correctional officer, known as a CO-1.

MDOC stated that the investigation division completed and signed an affidavit and issued a warrant for her arrest following her attempt to bring contraband, which was cell phones, into the facility.

According to MDOC officials, Bennet has been suspended without pay.

The introduction of contraband into a correctional facility is punishable by three to 15 years in prison, and up to a $25,000 fine, or both.

In 2013, MDOC confiscated 1,746 illegal cell phones in its three prisons. Thus far, in 2014, MDOC has confiscated over 511 cell phones. Those usable cell phones have and continue to be distributed to non-profit groups such as Cell Phones for Soldiers and a host of crime victims, crime victim advocacy groups, homicide survivors' coalitions, vulnerable adults and domestic violence shelters.