Federal correctional officer arrested for trafficking cocaine

Updated: Nov. 3, 2016 at 5:35 PM EDT
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CHATHAM CO., GA (WTOC) - A federal correctional officer is in custody for charges of trafficking cocaine on Thursday.

Akeiran Lawson, 22, of Lumber City, Georgia, was stopped on Interstate 95 between Highway 204 and Interstate 16 and was taken into custody without incident.

In October 2016, following information that Lawson, a correctional officer at McRae Correctional Facility, a private under contract with the Federal Bureau of Prisons was possibly aiding federal inmates.

During the investigation, it was determined Lawson presented his willingness to transport large amounts of controlled substances during off-duty hours in exchange for money.

Thursday morning, undercover agents met with Lawson in an undisclosed location in Chatham County. Lawson agreed to transport a large amount of cocaine and left with the drugs.

A loaded firearm was also found in Lawson's possession.

Agents then took him into custody.

Lawson was charged with Criminal Attempt to Traffic Cocaine, Possession of a Firearm during the Commission of a Felony and Use of a Telecommunication Device.

Lawson is currently being held in the Chatham County Detention Center and is expected to be arraigned in the Recorder's Court of Chatham County on Friday.

It was a joint operation conducted by the Chatham-Savannah Counter Narcotics Team and the U.S. Department of Justice Office of the Inspector General. The Chatham County Sheriff's Office K9 Unit, Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Aviation Unit and Georgia State Patrol also assisted.

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