Former Diboll prison guard gets 2 years in prison for smuggling tobacco in to inmate

Joshua Rhodes (Source: Angelina County Jail)
Joshua Rhodes (Source: Angelina County Jail)

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - A former guard with the Diboll prison unit accepted a plea bargain deal of two years in a Texas Department of Criminal Justice prison for smuggling three baggies full of tobacco in to an inmate for $300.

Joshua Rhodes, 31, of Lufkin, appeared in Judge Barry Bryan's 217th Judicial District Court Tuesday. Rhodes accepted a plea bargain deal of two years in prison for felony possession of a controlled substance in a correctional facility, along with 5 years deferred adjudication for a felony bribery charge.

Rhodes pleaded guilty to the two charges back in February.

According to the affidavit, Rhodes, a correctional officer with two years of tenure, was caught with three baggies of tobacco at the Diboll prison unit on Jan. 17. Two of them were inside of his shoes and one inside his pants near his crotch area.

According to the affidavit, Rhodes admitted to The Office of Inspector General Investigators that he provided the tobacco to an inmate at the cost of $300.

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