Corrections Officer Planned to Sell Ear Buds, Watches to Inmates for $400

Tonight a prison guard at Lee Correctional has been fired after being charged with misconduct in office.He's 50 Year old James O'Neal.

BISHOPVILLE, SC (WLTX) - We are learning more details about allegations that a South Carolina Department of Corrections (SCDC) officer tried to bring contraband into a Lee County prison.

James O'Neal, 50, was arrested Tuesday for trying to bring the illegal items inside the Lee Correctional Institution in Bishopville. 

According to arrest warrants, O'Neal attempted to take contraband items, including electronic ear buds and watches, into Lee Correctional Institution with the intent to sell the items to an inmate for $400.

O'Neal faces several charges, including misconduct in office, attempting to furnish a prisoner with contraband, and criminal conspiracy. Charges are based on evidence and self-admission, according to warrants.

For years, Lee Correctional Institution and other South Carolina prisons have had problems with people on the outside bringing items to prisoners, including cell phones.

Earlier this month, an inmate escaped from Lieber Correctional Institution in Dorchester County, in part by using illegal items he secured by calling people from a banned cell phone in the jail. Officers say they also think some of the items used in the escape were brought to the jail with a drone. 

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