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Press Release

Former FCI Beckley Correctional Officer Sentenced to Prison for Contraband Crime

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Southern District of West Virginia

BECKLEY, W.Va. – Cody Adam Bays, 32, of Beaver, was sentenced today to one year and six months in prison, to be followed by three years of supervised release, for providing contraband to an in inmate of a federal prison.

According to court documents and statements made in court, between November 7, 2022, and February 14, 2023, Bays was a correctional officer at Federal Correctional Institution (FCI) Beckley when he provided contraband items to FCI Beckley inmates. Bays admitted that he provided various controlled substances including suboxone, marijuana, synthetic marijuana and tobacco. Bays also attempted to smuggle fentanyl into FCI Beckley but sampled the substance, which led to a serious overdose.

Bays admitted that he profited from this illicit activity in the amount of $20,800. Bays received approximately $5,000 for the suboxone, $4,000 for the fentanyl substance, $3,500 for the synthetic marijuana and $2,000 for the marijuana.

Bays was paid in cash or through financial mobile applications. By accepting these illicit payments, Bays became part of a multi-state drug trafficking criminal enterprise that engaged in a complex system of electronic money transfers to facilitate the sale of illegal drugs in the federal prison system.

United States Attorney Will Thompson made the announcement and commended the investigative work of the U.S. Department of Justice-Office of Inspector General (DOJ-OIG).

United States District Judge Frank W. Volk imposed the sentence. Assistant United States Attorney Brian D. Parsons prosecuted the case.

A copy of this press release is located on the website of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of West Virginia. Related court documents and information can be found on PACER by searching for Case No. 5:23-cr-165.


Updated May 16, 2024