Former correctional officer pleads guilty to drug smuggling

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.

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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.

Between 2006 and 2013, Farr reportedly competed as a boxer in the cruiser weight division. He held eight professional bouts but lost all of them, with five by the way of KO.

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Andrew Emett is a staff writer for NationofChange. Andrew is a Los Angeles-based reporter exposing political and corporate corruption. His interests include national security, corporate abuse, and holding government officials accountable. Andrew’s work has appeared on Raw Story, Alternet, and many other sites. You can follow him on Twitter @AndrewEmett and on Facebook at Andrew Emett.

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