Thomas Wayne Drake Jr.
Photo: Cobb County Sheriff's Office
Photo: Cobb County Sheriff's Office

Ex-Cobb deputy recruit arrested, accused of trying to smuggle tobacco into jail

A former Cobb County deputy recruit from Douglasville was arrested Wednesday after allegedly conspiring to smuggle tobacco into the jail, according to an arrest warrant.

Thomas Wayne Drake Jr., who was born in 1994, faces two felonies, the sheriff’s office said in a news release. The sheriff’s office did not provide further details about the alleged crime.

According to the warrant obtained by, Drake accepted $200 via the Cash app from three inmates to bring them tobacco between Feb. 7 and March 17. 

In addition to the conspiracy charge, he also faces one count of violation of oath by a public officer, the release said. He was arrested around 10 a.m.

“It is my expectation that our employees uphold their oath of office,” Sheriff Neil Warren said in the release. “To have a former deputy sheriff recruit that willfully violated his oath and betrayed the public trust is extremely disappointing. We are working closely with prosecutors and I will see to it that this former employee is held accountable.”

Drake bonded out of the Cobb County jail on a $2,420 bond, jail records show.

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