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Correctional Officer, Inmate Accused of Smuggling Prohibited Items into Ashland Prison

By: WSAZ News Staff Email
By: WSAZ News Staff Email

BOYD COUNTY, Ky. (WSAZ) -- A correctional officer at the federal prison in Ashland, along with an inmate at the prison and the inmate's girlfriend have been indicted for conspiring to bring marijuana, tobacco and other prohibited items into prison

On Thursday, a U.S. District Court Grand Jury indicted correctional officer James S. Lewis, 45, of Ironton, Ohio; inmate Gary Musick, 32, of Newport, Tenn.; and Musick's girlfriend, Cindy Gates, 23, also of Newport.

Federal prosecutors say Musick also was indicted for possession of contraband in prison, while Lewis faces an additional charge of receiving a bribe as a public official.

The alleged conspiracy lasted from December 2010 to March 2012.

The indictment alleges Musick sold prohibited items to other inmates in exchange for stamps. In some instances, Musick directed inmates to have money sent to an outside address as payment for the prohibited items, according to prosecutors.

If convicted, Lewis faces up to 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine, Musick faces up to 10 years in prison and $250,000 fine, and Gates faces five years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

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