Correction Officer Charged With Sneaking Weed Into NYC-Fed Prison

A federal correctional officer smuggled drugs into the troubled Metropolitan Detention Center in Brooklyn in exchange for $10,000, prosecutors said Tuesday.

Jeremy Monk, 31, put more than 9 ounces of weed into a bathroom at Sunset Park Prison on April 15, then resigned three days later and told Human Resources he was quitting because of “a stupid investigation,” federal prosecutors charged.

Brooklyn resident Monk was charged in Brooklyn federal court on Tuesday and faces up to five years in prison.

Employees at the Metropolitan Detention Center received a tip on April 14 that Monk had been paid $10,000 for smuggling drugs, alcohol and tobacco into prison in a black bag, according to a federal complaint. He had to leave the drugs in a staff bathroom and then leave the door locked, the FBI say.

The next day he went to the bathroom and left about four minutes later. Metropolitan Detention Center staff made sure no one else went in or out before the bathroom was searched. Inside, prison staff found two vacuum-sealed bags of weed hidden under two floor polishing pads on a shelf, the FBI say.

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The FBI says an investigation revealed that Monk had been smuggling contraband since December 2020 — just seven months after he started the job.

The rift in the case came on December 5, 2020, when prison staff searched the cell of an extortionist suspect after she smelled marijuana. They found a cell phone – and then the inmate started singing about Monk, according to a complaint.

Monk sold drugs, cell phones and tobacco and used the inmate’s romantic partner as an intermediary, prosecutors say. He tried to get paid through a Cash App account, but all transactions — which ranged from $750 to $4,000 — were blocked, the FBI says.

Monk, who now works at a hospital as a behavioral therapist, was released on $50,000 bail.

He declined to comment.

The Metropolitan Detention Center has housed several well-known inmates, including R&B superstar R. Kelly, who trades R&B sex, Jeffrey Epstein enabler Ghislaine Maxwell, and Frank James, the accused N-train subway shooter.

The FBI has launched an emergency search for a weapon that has been smuggled into the prison at least twice since October. One of those searches turned up numerous smuggled cell phones, said a source familiar with the lockdown.

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