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.
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.
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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