Former Corrections Officer and Inmate Indicted for Smuggling Pot Into Memphis Prison


A former corrections officer from Federal Correctional Institution Memphis and an inmate are facing charges after they were caught developing a scheme to smuggle pot into the prison.

Between mid-2015 and August, Keair Kemp, the corrections officer, had agreed to sneak marijuana into the prison for Travonte Johnson, the inmate. Kemp has been charged with accepting money in return for being influenced to act in violation of his official duties and for attempting to provide a prohibited object (pot) to an inmate. Johnson is facing charges of offering money to a public official to influence his performance of official duties and with attempting to possess a prohibited object (pot).

Both men are facing individual sentences of up to 15 years in prison and up to $250,000 in fines for the bribery charge. They both each face up to five years in prison and up to $250,000 in fines on the contraband charge.

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