According to officials, the 39-year-old suspect used his position as a corrections officer to get data from a secure database. After illegally accessing the Camden County police computer system, the suspect allegedly looked for confidential case information.
The cases that the suspect searched for allegedly involved a Camden New Jersey drug dealer with whom the suspect has a personal connection. The drug dealer was reportedly in charge of an open-air drug market on Pfeiffer Street in Camden, NJ. He currently faces federal criminal charges for conspiracy to distribute cocaine and conspiracy to distribute heroin.
Investigators looked into the allegations against the corrections officer and reportedly discovered that he flew to Las Vegas with the drug dealer earlier this year.
The allegedly committed the illegal actions on the county computer network between August 26 and October 21.
After authorities obtained enough evidence against the suspect, they placed him under arrest. He has been charged with second degree official misconduct.
If the suspect is ultimately convicted of official misconduct, he faces severe penalties that could include jail time. Beyond that, a conviction would probably mean that the suspect would be barred from ever working for a public agency again.
After being placed under arrest and processed, the suspect was transported to a local jail. He was being held at the jail on a $75K bail amount.
The suspect is currently suspended without pay from the Camden County Corrections Department until the criminal matter has been resolved.
To learn more about this case, access the NJ.com article entitled “Jail Officer Illegally Accessed Drug Case Info, Authorities Say.”