Correctional officer accused of smuggling contraband into prison for months

Posted at 10:27 AM, Feb 20, 2018
and last updated 2018-02-20 08:02:05-05

LIVE OAK, Fla. (WTXL) - A Live Oak correctional officer is facing charges after investigators discovered an inmate was paying him to smuggle spice, cellphones and other contraband into a prison facility.

David Neveils was arrested on Friday but was released on a $28,000 bond the next day. 

Officials say a Florida Department of Corrections (FDC) Office of Inspector General (OIG) investigation revealed that between March 1, 2017 and July 31, 2017, Neveils had an illegal relationship with an inmate.

Based on testimony and evidence, officials learned that on five separate occasions, Neveils met with someone connected to the inmate to pick up synthetic cannabis (K-2 or spice), cellphones and other contraband.

From there, investigators say the correctional officer smuggled the contraband into the Suwannee County Correctional Institution. 

Once the illegal items were in the facility, Neveils was wired money. They say the transactions totaled approximately $2,000. 

Investigators say Neveils set up the transactions with the inmate and his associates via text messages and phone calls.

As a result of the investigation, Neveils was arrested and charged with introduction of contraband, unlawful compensation and unlawful use of a two-way communication device.