Former correctional officer faces federal drug charge

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) – A former West Virginia correctional officer facing a state charge in a scheme to smuggle meth into a jail also has been charged in federal court.

U.S. Attorney Mike Stuart said in a statement on Wednesday that 47-year-old John Roach II faces a federal drug trafficking count. The indictment alleges that on April 11 Roach possessed 50 grams or more of a methamphetamine mixture and intended to distribute it.

He has been charged in state court with delivery of a controlled substance.

Public court filings and other documents say Roach is accused of receiving a $2,000 payment to use his position as a corrections officer to smuggle around 4 ounces of methamphetamine into the South Central Regional Jail in Charleston.

It wasn’t immediately clear whether Roach has an attorney.

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