California prison guard sentenced for smuggling drugs to inmate

Feb 24, 2015 8:21 PM by Debbie Cobb

FRESNO, Calif. (AP) - A former guard at a Central California federal prison has been sentenced to 30 months in prison for smuggling drugs, money and cellphones.

According to court documents 28-year-old Ramon Cano of Bakersfield conspired with an inmate at Taft Federal Correctional Facility, a prison in the southernmost part of the San Joaquin Valley.

U.S. Attorney Benjamin Wagner said Tuesday that in sentencing Cano, Judge Anthony Ishii said the former guard abused that trust and his acts warranted the sentence imposed.

Cano worked full time at the prison as a contract correctional officer. Prosecutors say he smuggled heroin, methamphetamine and other items for the inmate in return for cash.

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