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In exchange for the contraband, authorities say Joshua Minguela received cash and drugs.

BRIDGETON — A former corrections officer has been sentenced to five years in state prison for smuggling contraband to inmates at the South Jersey jail where he worked, authorities said.

Joshua Minguela has been sentenced to five years in prison. (Cumberland County Jail)

In addition to the prison time, Joshua Minguela, 32, of Vineland, was ordered by Superior Court Judge Michael J. Silvanio to forfeit his job with the Cumberland County Department of Corrections and will never be eligible for public employment or office again.

Minguela, who was sentenced on Friday, pleaded guilty to official misconduct on May 19, according to Cumberland County Prosecutor Jennifer Webb-McRae.

Silvanio ordered that Minguela serve the full five years behind bars with no eligibility for parole.

He was caught after a January 2014 internal affairs investigation at the Cumberland County Jail in Bridgeton. Authorities had received a tip that Minguela had smuggled items into the jail and a search of his posted area found inmates in possession of the items, Webb-McRae said.

Corrections officers accused of crimes

In exchange for smuggling the items in, the inmates rewarded Minguela with about $800 in cash along with drugs, Webb-McRae said.

Investigators never detailed what the contraband items were.

In addition to official misconduct, Minguela also pleaded guilty to spitting on members of the Vineland Police Department as they were arresting him.

He was sentenced to 18 months on that charge, time which will be served concurrently with his misconduct sentence, officials said.

Minguela had been indicted in 2009 of assaulting an inmate at the county jail but the charges against him and three others were later dropped.

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Source:: New Jersey Real-Time News

Guard gets prison time for smuggling contraband to inmates

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