Correctional officer pleads guilty to conspiracy to smuggle heroin, meth into Taft prison

TAFT, Calif. - A correctional officer from Taft Federal Correctional Institution has pleaded guilty to conspiracy to provide and possess contraband in prison, according to United States Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner. 

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According to court documents, between November 2013 and February 27, 2014, while working at the Taft Federal Correctional Institution, 28-year-old Ramon Cano conspired with inmate Gerardo Alvarez-Montanez, 32, to smuggle cell phones, cash, alcohol and controlled substances into the federal prison in return for cash.

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Cano is scheduled to be sentenced by United States District Judge Anthony W. Ishii on December 15. On June 23, Montanez pleaded guilty to a conspiracy to provide and possess contraband in prison. He is scheduled to be sentenced on September 15.

Both defendants face a maximum statutory penalty of five years in prison and a $250,000 fine. The actual sentences, however, will be determined at the discretion of the court.
 

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