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Latest DOC Arrest: Okaloosa Correctional Officer Charged With Alleged Smuggling

A North Florida correctional officer is facing a felony charge for alleged smuggling, following her Wednesday arrest. It’s the latest in a slew of arrests this week within the Florida Department of Corrections.

The DOC’s Inspector General’s Office first looked into the claims, after receiving a tip that Okaloosa Correctional officer Tracy Mobley had received MoneyGrams from an inmate’s fiancé in exchange for allegedly smuggling contraband into the correctional facility. DOC officials say when they later questioned her, Mobley confessed. And, DOC spokesman McKinley Lewis says Secretary Julie Jones doesn’t tolerate this type of behavior.

“The department has a zero-tolerance policy for any misconduct by our officers, whether that’s retaliation against other officers or inmates, or general misconduct that violates department policy or Florida state law. Again, we are working to pretty aggressively identify who do engage in misconduct,” said Lewis.

Mobley’s Wednesday arrest comes on the heels of two other arrests this week of Suwannee correctional officers charged with battering two inmates and lying about it.

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Sascha Cordner has more than ten years of public radio experience. It includes working at NPR member station WUFT-FM in Gainesville for several years. She's worked in both radio and TV, serving in various capacities as a reporter, producer and anchor. She's also a graduate of the University of Florida with a bachelor's degree in telecommunications. She is the recipient of 15 awards from the Associated Press, Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ), and Edward R. Murrow. Her award-winning stories include her coverage on the infamous “Dozier School for Boys” and a feature titled "Male Breast Cancer: Lost in the Sea of Pink." Currently, Sascha serves as the host and producer of local and state news content for the afternoon news program "All Things Considered" at WFSU. Sascha primarily covers criminal justice and social services issues. When she's not reporting, Sascha likes catching up on her favorite TV shows, singing and reading. Follow Sascha Cordner on Twitter:@SaschaCordner.