JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- A local corrections officer is facing serious charges tonight. He's accused of smuggling drugs into the Duval County Jail. Three year veteran Maurice Boykins Jr was arrested last night for drug trafficking inside the jail.
Police believe Boykins delivered marijuana to an inmate several times. Undersheriff Dwain Senterfitt says, "The person would go up and give the drugs along with money to a corrections officer who would then pass it to an inmate."
On three separate occasions police say Boykins took marijuana and $150 from an inmates visitor during a visitation. According to police reports, when the inmate would leave the visitation area Boykins would hand the marijuana to the inmate. Senterfitt says, "It's something we battle in the jail with from time to time. People try to get contraband in there. They try to smuggle it in different ways and this time fortunately we got on it pretty early."
We knocked on the door of Boykins mothers home today, hoping for a response to his arrest, but she spotted us and didn't open the door. As for his drug deliveries, Undersheriff Senterfitt says it's inexcusable. "It's not something were going to tolerate obviously we take it very seriously. This young mans been charged with a second degree felony."
Boykins admitted to the crime this morning and officially resigned from JSO.