Former TN corrections deputy jailed after smuggling drugs into prison facility

Former TN corrections deputy jailed after smuggling drugs into prison facility
The corrections deputy admitted to smuggling drugs into the facility on two other occasions. (Avid_creative/Getty Images)

WHITEVILLE, Tenn. — A former Hardeman County, Tenn. corrections officer has been sentenced to five years in prison for distributing drugs inside a correctional facility.

Shontavis Rivers, 21, a resident of Bolivar, Tenn. reportedly took part in a conspiracy to distribute in excess of 50 grams of methamphetamine inside the Whiteville Correctional Facility.

According to a release from the U.S. Dept. of Justice, a complaint was filed against Rivers in September 2019 after he attempted to smuggle the drugs into the facility.

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While serving as a corrections officer at the prison, he began removing his personal items to pass through a security checkpoint when a K-9 unit began barking.

Rivers quickly turned and left the building.

Employees followed Rivers, and he told them he had forgotten his ID, according to the release.

He was told he had to pass through security before he could retrieve his ID.

Whiteville police were called, and Rivers admitted he had several packages concealed on his person.

Each package contained approximately 77 grams of methamphetamine and 6.82 grams of cocaine, according to the release.

Rivers admitted to bringing the packages into the facility two other times previously.

On Oct. 16, 2020, Rivers was sentenced to 60 months in federal prison, followed by three years supervised release.