Pipeline of smuggled tobacco, cell phones adds 4 years to prisoner’s sentence

A man who is already serving time in a federal prison got four years added to his sentence on Wednesday after he admitted to bribing a corrections officer to smuggle prohibited items into the Federal Medical Center in Lexington.

Keith A. Griffith, 35, was serving time on narcotics related charges when he conspired with Stephanie Dukes, fellow inmate Amai Rawls and corrections officer James Carrington to bring items including mp3 players, tobacco, cell phones, weight supplements and synthetic marijuana into the federal prison, according to the office of the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Kentucky.

Griffith pleaded guilty to conspiracy to bring contraband into a federal correctional facility in September.

Dukes, who was romantically involved with Griffith, previously pleaded guilty to bribing a public official in the case. She admitted to buying the items and giving them to Carrington, who would bring them into the Federal Medical Center.

Carrington has pleaded guilty to taking bribes and Rawls pleaded guilty to distributing the smuggled items to other inmates, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.