Ex-corrections officer pleads guilty in pill bust

James Mock III appears in court Thursday morning.
James Mock III appears in court Thursday morning.

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – A former corrections officer accused of selling narcotics to undercover officers and selling narcotics within 1,000 feet of a convenience business pleaded guilty in May, Channel 4 learned Thursday.

Police James Mock III agreed to sell an undercover officer 80 pills. The undercover officer made contact with Mock by phone and was told to meet at the Burger King at Market and State streets downtown.

Police said Mock told the undercover officer a price and the officer then met him and exchanged $1,600 for the pills. Officers then placed Mock under arrest.

Mock told police he sold the pills to "make money."

Officers said they found a pill bottle and various controlled substances under the front seat of his vehicle.

Court records indicate Mock pleaded guilty to a first-degree felony and a third-degree felony was dropped. Adjudication was withheld, and he was placed on two years' probation.