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Correctional officer charged with bribery, smuggling tobacco to prison inmates

September 24, 2010 |  6:19 pm

A correctional officer at the federal penitentiary in Victorville has been arrested on bribery charges for allegedly smuggling tobacco into the prison for two inmates in exchange for $10,500.

Justin Morrow, 32, was arrested o=Thursday after a federal grand jury returned a 15-count indictment against him in September. The indictment charged him with two counts of bribery and 13 misdemeanor counts of providing contraband to inmates during a six-month period in 2008.

Morrow pleaded not guilty to all charges at his arraignment this week. If convicted, he faces up to 15 years in prison for each bribery charge and up to six months in prison for each contraband charge.

The case was investigated by the Justice Department’s Office of Inspector General with the assistance of the Bureau of Prisons.

--Teresa Watanabe