Burlington County Prosecutor LaChia L. Bradshaw announced that a former corrections officer has been charged with smuggling marijuana and tobacco into the Burlington County Jail while employed at the Mount Holly facility and passing the contraband to an inmate in exchange for money.
Abraham Olmedia, 27, of Burlington Township, was charged with Official Misconduct (Second Degree), Conspiracy to Commit Official Misconduct (Second Degree) and Providing Contraband to an Inmate (Disorderly Persons Offense).
Olmedia was taken into custody this afternoon at the Burlington County Courthouse and released after being processed. An appearance in Superior Court has been scheduled for next month. The case will now be prepared for presentation to a grand jury for possible indictment.
The investigation began earlier this year after a corrections officer detected the odor of burnt tobacco coming from a cell. The investigation revealed that Olmedia had supplied the inmate in that cell with tobacco and marijuana on multiple occasions. In return, he received payment from one of the inmate’s relatives.
Olmedia, who resigned after the investigation began, had been employed at the jail for just over two years.
The investigation was conducted by the BCPO Special Investigations Unit, in conjunction with the Burlington County Jail Internal Affairs Unit.
All persons are considered innocent unless and until proven guilty in a court of law.