Corrections Officer Allegedly Agreed to Smuggle Cocaine for $500: Police

“The allegations are pretty serious," a Miami-Dade judge said

What to Know

  • The corrections officer allegedly told an undercover detective she had "no issues" smuggling narcotics into prison.
  • The suspect faces a bond of more than $60,000.

A state corrections officer allegedly agreed to smuggle narcotics into a prison facility for an undercover detective who posed as a Miami drug dealer, according to an arrest report.

Cleotilde Del Pilar-Mejia, 28, was arrested on July 17 shortly after she allegedly told the undercover detective she would smuggle the cocaine for $500, the arrest report states.

Pilar-Mejia met the detective at a parking lot at Dolphin Mall. The detective agreed to pay her if she smuggled 86 grams of cocaine, the report adds.

Pilar-Mejia allegedly told the detective she had "no issues entering the narcotics into a Florida state prison facility" while discussing future cocaine transactions, the report states.

Miami-Dade Bond Court Judge Renatha Francis set Pilar-Mejia's bond at $62,500. She faces charges of cocaine trafficking and unlawful compensation, among others.

“The allegations are pretty serious. You were trying to smuggle drugs into a prison facility,” Francis said.

Patrick Manderfield, press secretary for Florida Department of Corrections sent a statement to NBC on the matter,

“The actions of this officer are unacceptable and do not reflect the thousands of correctional officers who work every day serving our communities. We commend our Inspector General’s Office and our partners at the Miami-Dade Police Department for their diligent investigation and arrest.” 

The department is moving forward with Pilar-Mejia's immediate dismissal. 

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