Arrested for smuggling narcotics into prison in exchange for bribes, a former North Carolina correctional officer recently pleaded guilty for his participation in the conspiracy.
While working as a correctional officer at Caledonia Correctional Institution in 2018, Kenneth Farr received several payments from inmates and their associates in cash or via a mobile application for smuggling contraband into the prison on at least six separate occasions. Using his position as a correctional officer, Farr smuggled marijuana, tobacco, and what he believed to be oxycodone pills to inmates in the prison in exchange for payments ranging from $300 to $2,200.
On Friday, Farr pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to use a facility in interstate commerce in furtherance of unlawful activity. He is scheduled to be sentenced in mid-June and faces a maximum of five years in prison. A federal district court judge will determine any sentence after considering the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors.