NJ corrections officer charged for smuggling drugs, cell phones into jail

Atlantic County Prosecutor's Office
Photo credit Luis A. Mercado

MAYS LANDING, N.J. (1010 WINS) -- Police charged a 25-year-old corrections officer accused of smuggling drugs and cell phones inside into a New Jersey jail for several months, officials said.

Luis A. Mercado was charged with second-degree official misconduct, according to Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office said in a statement Friday.

The prosecutor’s office said the items were brought inside the Mays Landing facility to "further a criminal organization."

Mercado was released after he appeared at a detention hearing Oct. 2 but has been suspended without pay.

Mercado began working at the jail on Jan. 1, was paid $20,368 in the first six months of the year, according to state pension records.