JASPER — A Hamilton Correctional Institution officer was arrested Aug. 13 on charges of receiving payments from an inmate as well as conspiracy to provide drugs to the inmate.

According to court documents, 24-year-old Rodrick Manning, an officer at HCI from Valdosta, Ga., received payments from an inmate at HCI and from friends of the inmate, according to an investigation by the Florida Department of Corrections’ Office of the Inspector General.

The documents state that the suspect and the inmate texted during a time period from April 23 through May 12, when a cell phone was recovered from the dormitory at HCI that the inmate was housed in.

According to the messages on the phone, the inmate discussed picking up packages with the suspect and the inmate asking “how much u (sic) you want?” according to the documents.

The inmate also texted a “Scooter” about needing “gas,” or a type of marijuana according to the documents. The inmate then texted the suspect about meeting with “Scooter.”

Following a subpoena being sent to CashApp it was discovered that the suspect had received $1,115 from one friend of the inmate, $2,900 from another and $446 from the inmate himself.

Manning was charged with unlawful compensation, unlawful use of a two-way communication device, conspiracy to introduce contraband - controlled substance and compounding a felony.

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