Prison officer accused of smuggling, taking bribes in Gwinnett


A corrections officer at Gwinnett County's Phillips State Prison was arrested this week after allegedly taking bribes from prisoners and smuggling in tobacco for them. 

Carolyn Siobhan Jenkins, an Athens resident, was booked into the Gwinnett County jail Wednesday on charges including bribery, violation of oath of office and giving items to inmates without warden's consent. She remained there Thursday morning in lieu of $33,600 bond. 

According to arrest warrants, Jenkins took money from two inmates at the prison on Buford's West Rock Quarry Road, then brought them "a quantity of contraband items (tobacco) on multiple occasions." 

"Carolyn Jenkins admitted the delivery of contraband five times into Phillips State Prison," warrants said. Those incidents reportedly happened in September, October and November. 

The Georgia Department of Corrections did not immediately respond to requests for comment Thursday morning.

Jenkins is the fourth Gwinnett-based law enforcement officer to be arrested in the last two months. 

Henderson and Lomax marked the fifth and sixth Gwinnett sheriff's deputies to be arrested since 2012.

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