Prison official, inmates indicted in drug smuggling case

May 10, 2016 6:38 PM by News Staff

SAN DIEGO (AP) - Federal officials say a California state prison official and seven inmates have been indicted on charges of operating a large-scale drug smuggling operation inside a Southern California prison, involving drugs and goods given an estimated worth of $1.2 million inside the facility.

U.S. Attorney Laura Duffy told reporters in San Diego on Tuesday what happened inside the prison in Calipatria in 2015 is believed to be only a "snapshot" of the illegal smuggling of contraband that exists inside California's prison system.

She says federal and state officials are continuing their investigation into such practices.

Prosecutors say a former prison drug counselor, Angela Carr, worked in cahoots with inmates to run a network that smuggled in methamphetamine, heroin, marijuana, cell phones and other goods. Carr could not be reached for comment.

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