Want to find a corrupt BOP employee? Call your local federal prison I am sure one will answer the phone.

Yet another BOP employee has been arrested reports the Justice Department. Patrick Shackelford, a federal corrections officer at USP Atlanta, and Patrick Kirkman and Mitchell Arms, both federal inmates, have been charged with federal bribery, smuggling, and drug charges in connection with an alleged scheme to smuggle narcotics and other contraband into USP Atlanta between June 2018 and February 2019.

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“Shackelford allegedly endangered his fellow officers and other inmates through his actions,” said U.S. Attorney Kurt R. Erskine. “When correction officers violate their oaths, they put other prison staff members and inmates at risk of harm.”

“The alleged actions of Shackelford not only fosters criminal activity inside and outside of the prison, but it also insults the integrity of every law enforcement officer who takes an oath to serve and protect the people in their communities,” said Chris Hacker, Special Agent in Charge of FBI Atlanta. “The FBI will relentlessly pursue any allegations of corruption in these facilities to ensure the safety of both staff and inmates.”

How He did it

“Shackelford and two inmates allegedly smuggled and distributed drugs and other dangerous contraband in USP Atlanta.  As a correctional officer, Shackelford’s duty was to maintain safety and security in the prison.  His actions, as alleged in the indictment, were antithetical to the oath he swore to uphold,” said James F. Boyersmith, Special Agent in Charge of the Department of Justice Office of the Inspector General Miami Field Office.

According to the charges and other information presented in court, Patrick Shackelford, Patrick Kirkman, Mitchell Arms, and others allegedly conspired to smuggle narcotics, including methamphetamine and marijuana, as well as other prohibited items, into USP Atlanta, a medium-security federal prison, from approximately June 2018 to February 2019. Shackelford worked as a federal prison officer and a plumbing supervisor at USP Atlanta during this period. With Shackelford’s knowledge and assistance, inmates working under his direction on the “plumbing crew” (identified as Individual-1 and Individual-2 in the Indictment) were allegedly able to transport contraband into USP Atlanta through a visitor’s toilet in the “W-ward” area of the university.

Shackelford and his convicts reportedly drilled multiple holes in W-ward and the visitor’s lavatory through which contraband might enter USP Atlanta. Shackelford reportedly aided in the distribution of drugs and other contraband at USP Atlanta by accompanying convicts to W-ward on a nearly weekly basis to pick up the contraband. In addition, Shackelford assisted the convicts by enabling them to keep contraband in the maintenance office, even concealing it in the ceiling above his office. In exchange for allowing convicts on the plumbing crew to smuggle in contraband and distribute it to other inmates, inmates on the plumbing crew were allowed to sneak in contraband and distribute it to other inmates.

Inmates reportedly executed Shackelford’s assigned plumbing jobs and other work in exchange for $5,000 in cash and pain medicines. Kirkman and Arms were reportedly among the USP Atlanta convicts who received contraband, including opioids, as part of this scam. Kirkman paid Individual-1 hundreds in cash using a mobile payment app (Cash App) to bring in the contraband while the operation was happening. Individual-1 and Arms also talked through text messaging about the “packages” being brought into USP Atlanta through the visitor’s toilet.

On December 16, 2021, Patrick Shackelford, 47, of Senoia, Georgia, Patrick Kirkman, 35, of Tuscaloosa, Alabama, and Mitchell Arms, 41, of Columbia, Tennessee, was charged with bribery, possessing, and smuggling prohibited objects into a federal prison, including cellular phones, marijuana, and methamphetamine; conspiracy to commit bribery; and conspiracy to possess and smuggle prohibited objects into a federal prison. On November 16, 2021, a federal grand jury indicted them. Once convicted, I am sure they will find a nice cozy camp to put him in.

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