Fremont County Corrections Officer Gets Light Sentence For Smuggling Meth Into Jail

CANON CITY, Colo. – A 25-year-old former Fremont County corrections officer who admittedly fell in love with an inmate and smuggled drugs into the jail facility multiple times will spend less than two full months in jail for her crimes.

Sarah Nicole James was caught bringing meth and opiates into the Fremont Correctional Facility in December and took a plea deal in June, according to the Canon City Daily Record. Monday, James was sentenced to 60 days in county jail and two years of supervised probation.

The Daily Record reports that James was first arrested in March after an investigation over several months. A mugshot has not been made available.

The Office of the Inspector General responded to a report on Dec. 14 that James had contraband in her lunch box at the Cell House 3 control center.

James admitted to bringing in two packages of meth to be given to a specific inmate “of which she was romantically involved,” according to the OIG. Investigators also found a love letter to James from the inmate.

According to the Daily Record, James told investigators it was the third time she had brought contraband into the jail. She was paid $2,000 for each delivery.

James will turn herself in on Aug. 13 to serve her sentence.