Greenbelt, Md. (AP) — A former jailer, two inmates and a so-called “facilitator” are the latest defendants to plead guilty to state conspiracy in a Maryland prison, a federal prosecutor said.
A press release from the Maryland US Attorney’s Office said the scheme involved inmates at Jessup Correctional Institution and outside intermediaries who paid bribes to correctional officers to smuggle narcotics, alcohol, tobacco and cell phones into the prison.
With guilty pleas Tuesday and Wednesday, all 15 charged defendants have pleaded guilty, the press release said.
According to their plea agreements, the final four defendants conspired with other correctional officers, inmates and outside agents to smuggle contraband into Jessup. Officers agreed to accept payments from intermediaries and/or inmates in exchange for smuggling contraband, court documents said.
During the investigation, law enforcement intercepted phone calls and text messages in which the defendants discussed items to be smuggled into the prison and the payment of bribes.
The accused each face a maximum of 20 years in prison for the criminal conspiracy. Sentencing is scheduled for June, July and August.
The other 11 defendants previously pleaded guilty to their role in the extortion conspiracy and nine were convicted.
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