A former Prince George’s County Department of Corrections officer was sentenced to three years in prison for smuggling drugs and other contraband to inmates.

Rashaad Jones, 25, pleaded guilty in November to possession with intent to distribute and misconduct in office after a Department of Corrections internal investigation into Jones’s activity, according to county officials.

A month after the investigation launched, Prince George’s County police saw Jones pick up drugs at a gas station in Upper Marlboro in March. The next day, police pulled Jones over on the way to work and found marijuana, cigarettes and glasses in his car, items he planned to take to inmates, prosecutors said.

Jones, who resigned last year, apologized at his sentencing hearing Thursday morning.

But Prince George’s County State’s Attorney Angela Alsobrooks said Jones’s sentence should send a message to others.

“We will not tolerate any corruption,” Alsobrooks said.

Mary Lou McDonough, director of the Prince George’s County Department of Corrections, said Jones betrayed the trust of his colleagues and the county.

The corrections system in Maryland has been under strict scrutiny recently after several problems have been reported in Baltimore prisons. There have also been allegations that an inmate in Prince George's was able to call for the execution of his uncle, a witness in a murder trial, from jail.

It was an inmate who tipped officials off to Jones’s activity, prompting the investigation, McDonough said.

“I’m sure my officers will get this message loud and strong,” McDonough said about the department clamping down on corruption.

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