CUMBERLAND — A correctional officer at the Western Correctional Institution has been indicted on criminal charges after he allegedly attempted to smuggle 60 oxycodone pills into the prison March 15 when he reported to work, according to the Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services.

Sgt. Coyd Cole, 40, of Westernport, an 18-year veteran, was indicted Friday by an Allegany County grand jury on charges of possession of a controlled dangerous substance and possession of contraband in a place of confinement.

He was charged by criminal summons Monday, according to electronic court records, and has been suspended by the department pending the outcome of the case.

According to the DPSCS, Cole was confronted and searched by fellow officers after showing up for work appearing to be under the influence.

He faces up to four years in prison and a maximum fine of $25,000 for the drug possession charge and up to a $1,000 and three years in prison on the smuggling charge.

"Drugs fuel prison violence and puts our dedicated officers at risk," said Secretary Robert L. Green. "We commend our correctional staff for remaining vigilant in stopping those trying to bring narcotics into our facilities."

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