Two Delaware correctional officers arrested on contraband charges

Two correctional officers are facing federal charges, related to smuggling drugs and cellphones into a Delaware prison.

The United States Attorney for the District of Delaware, Charles M. Oberly, III, announced on Thursday that two State correctional officers, Thomas Boyce, Jr., 46, and Paul Hursey, 46, both of Dover, were arrested on separate federal criminal complaints, each charged with smuggling of drugs and cell phones to inmates, in return for bribes, at the James T. Vaughn Correctional Center in Smyrna.

Boyce and Hursey were apparently both seen by a judge, before being released on bail. Officials say each criminal complaint charges a violation of extortion under color of official right, which carries a maximum penalty of 20 years imprisonment, along with a $250,000 fine.

According to court documents, the joint investigation also led to a criminal complaint being filed against Correction Officer Lorraine Mosley, back in December, who was charged with smuggling a cell phone into the Delores Baylor Women’s Correctional Institution, in New Castle, to an inmate in return for a bribe.

Commissioner Robert M. Coupe stated, “Unfortunately, contraband, to include drugs and cell phones, is successfully smuggled into DOC facilities and such criminal behavior puts the safety of our staff, inmates, and visitors to our facilities at risk. Such actions violate the public’s trust, undermine the credibility of our department, and damage the integrity of our profession. We are grateful to the U.S. Attorney’s Office, the FBI, and the DOC for leading the investigation which resulted in the arrest of these employees.”

This investigation is a joint effort, conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and investigators from the Delaware Department of Correction. The prosecution is being handled by Assistant United States Attorney Edmond Falgowski, District of Delaware.

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