Federal correctional officers plead guilty to bribery and smuggling charges

Each is currently scheduled to be sentenced on May 17, and each faces a maximum penalty of five years in prison.

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Accused of smuggling drugs and other contraband into Leavenworth Detention Center, two former correctional officers pleaded guilty Tuesday to conspiracy to accept bribes and provide contraband to inmates of a federal prison.

In September 2021, Leavenworth correctional officer Jacqueline Sifuentes was arrested and charged with using her position as a public official to smuggle contraband, including methamphetamine, marijuana, and tobacco, into the prison in exchange for bribe payments from federal inmates. Leavenworth correctional officer Cheyonte Harris was charged with conspiring to commit bribery and provide contraband and making false statements to federal agents.

Sifuentes initially faced up to 40 years in federal prison if convicted on all counts. Harris was facing up to 10 years in federal prison.

On Tuesday, both former correctional officers pleaded guilty to conspiracy to accept bribes and provide contraband to inmates of a federal prison. Each is currently scheduled to be sentenced on May 17, and each faces a maximum penalty of five years in prison.

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