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Saturday, September 12, 2009

NJ Prison Guard Pleads Guilty to Smuggling Drugs to Inmate

N.J. corrections officer pleads guilty to smuggling drugs to inmate
New by Chris Megerian - August 31, 2009

TRENTON, NJ -- A corrections officer pleaded guilty today to smuggling cocaine and a syringe to an inmate in Southern State Correctional Facility. Roy Solomon, 33, of Lower Township in Cape May County admitted to official misconduct, which could land him in prison for five years. Sentencing is scheduled for Nov. 13. Neither the Department of Corrections nor the Division of Criminal Justice would identify the inmate Solomon smuggled the contraband for last year. Peter Aseltine, spokesman for the state Attorney General's Office, said the inmate has not been charged. He would not comment on how the drugs or syringe were brought into the prison, saying the investigation is ongoing. Solomon started working at Southern State in March 2001 and has been suspended without pay since April 2009. The prison, which holds about 2,000 inmates in dormitory-style housing, is a medium-security prison located in Delmont in Cumberland County. Corrections spokeswoman Danielle Hunter declined to comment on the investigation. Last year the department fired 78 officers for infractions including possessing drugs and failing drug tests, as well as for simply not showing up to work, according to records and officials.

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