A former corrections officer at the Federal Medical Center prison in Lexington pleaded guilty Thursday to accepting $11,500 to smuggle drugs, dietary supplements and MP3 players to inmates.
One of the inmates also pleaded guilty Thursday to providing or possessing contraband in prison.
As part of his plea agreement, James A. Carrington will pay $11,500 to the government before sentencing. Carrington pleaded guilty to one count of a “public official accepting money in exchange for smuggling contraband into a federal correctional facility.”
Carrington was a corrections officer at the prison from March 2011 to August 2016. Inmates there are prohibited from possessing items designated as contraband, and smuggling contraband in to inmates is a violation of a corrections officer’s duties.
Between May 2015 and May 2016, Carrington accepted money from Stephanie Dukes as payment for smuggling items to be delivered to inmates Keith Griffith and Amai Rawls, the plea agreement said. Carrington smuggled “tobacco, dietary supplements, K2 or synthetic marijuana, MP3 players and cellphones” into the medical center for Griffith and Rawls, the plea agreement said.
In addition, sometime before May 2015, Carrington also accepted money to smuggle suboxone, a painkiller, into the medical center for the benefit of inmate Darnell Atchison, the plea agreement said.
Rawls entered a plea agreement Thursday. The government said Rawls was in “a romantic relationship with J.S.,” who received money wires from various sources. At the direction of Rawls, J.S. delivered that money to Stephanie Dukes, who then bought and delivered contraband to Carrington, the corrections officer.
Griffith was indicted in May on charges including bribery of a public official, and he was arraigned in federal court last week.
U.S. District Court Judge Karen K. Caldwell scheduled sentencing for Carrington and Rawls for Sept. 29.