Ex-correction worker charged, Police raid nets pot plants, guns, suspect

SPENCER— A former Department of Correction employee was arraigned yesterday on charges he was growing marijuana for sale in his Main Street apartment and had a loaded gun in his car when police raided his home earlier this month.

Police allegedly found 75 fledgling marijuana plants set under grow lights in a spare bedroom, where the heat was also turned up, in Justin P. Boudreau’s apartment at 6 Main St., Apt. 6, when they conducted a raid May 18. They also allegedly found two rifles in the apartment and a loaded .40-caliber Sig Sauer handgun in the console of his unlocked car. Mr. Boudreau was arrested Wednesday night on a warrant issued by Western Worcester District Court, East Brookfield.

Officers also seized letters from a female inmate at Framingham State Prison. The letters were addressed to Jeff Podine of 8 Sunset Lane, Spencer, a residence police also raided May 18. In that incident, Jeff M. Castro, 26, of that address, was arrested and charged with drug violations.

Members of the Worcester County Regional Drug and Counter Crime Task Force and Spencer police conducted the investigation. Their report indicates that Jeff Podine is a fictitious name. The Web site, Urbandictionary.com, lists the word “podine” as a slang term for police.

Officers also believe that the inmate’s letters may be related to another crime.

“It is the belief of this officer that these letters might unfold other illegal activities taking place, stemming from the focus of this investigation,” the police report states.

Inside Mr. Boudreau’s apartment, officers seized the 75 plants, a pH test kit, soil, timers and other materials they believe are related to growing the marijuana plants. Police wrote in their report that Mr. Bourdreau is an employee of the state Department of Correction. A spokesman for that agency said yesterday Mr. Boudreau is no longer working there but declined to say when, or why, his tenure there ended.

At his arraignment in Western Worcester District Court in East Brookfield yesterday, Mr. Boudreau was released on personal recognizance and is slated to appear for a pretrial hearing July 16.

SOURCE: http://www.telegram.com/article/20080530/NEWS/805300359/1003/NEWS03

NJDOC investigates fistfight between two corrections officers

BRIDGETON — The state Department of Corrections is investigating allegations of a fistfight which took place last week at South Woods State Prison between two lieutenants.

According to DOC Spokesman Matt Schuman, sometime after 2 p.m. on May 15, two corrections officers got into a fight.

“There were no witnesses. No one saw the fight. There’s not much else to say. The incident’s still being investigated,” he said.

No one was seriously injured in the incident. Both lieutenants had been suspended with pay until Tuesday, when their status switched to suspended without pay, pending outcome of the investigation, Schuman said.

The names of the lieutenants are not being released by the DOC.

“I’m not sure how serious an incident it was,” Schuman said, adding that he was unaware how the incident came to the attention of the DOC.

SOURCE: http://www.nj.com/southjersey/index.ssf/2008/05/njdoc_investigates_fistfight_b.html


Warren Co. Corrections Officer Indicted On Fraud Charges

A Warren County corrections officer is indicted in connection with fraudulent loan applications.
42-year-old Linda Abshear, of Lebanon, faces 11 counts, including engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity and fraud.

This follows a two month investigation.

Abshear became a corrections officer in 1999.

She is on administrative leave, and held at the Butler County Jail.

The sheriff’s office says other people were involved in the case and more arrests are expected. +

SOURCE: http://www.wcpo.com/news/local/story.aspx?content_id=869784ec-339b-4764-893b-16ad11e06319&rss=703

Officers Investigated In Jail ‘Fight Club’

ORLANDO, Fla. — Four Orange County jail officers stand accused of organized fighting and gambling at the jail. Jail spokesman Allen Moore said the officers were placed on administrative duty. He said the investigation will see if any policies or procedures were violated at the Horizon Facility at the jail, which houses close to 1,250 inmates. Details of the investigation and the names of the officers were not released.

The officers have been prohibited from having any contact with inmates.

source:  http://www.local6.com/news/16426428/detail.html?rss=orlpn&psp=news

Corrections officer gets three years for smuggling marijuana into prison

ST. CROIX – A V.I. Superior Court judge on Wednesday sentenced former V.I. Corrections Bureau Officer Nathan McIntosh to spend the next three years behind bars for smuggling marijuana into Golden Grove Adult Correctional Facility.

McIntosh, 24, of Mount Pleasant was sentenced by Superior Court Presiding Judge Darryl Donohue to serve three years in prison on each of the charges of possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute and introduction of narcotics into a prison. McIntosh was found guilty in February of smuggling drugs into the prison on April 16, 2006.

During the hearing, Defense Attorney Hannibal O’Bryan told the court that McIntosh should not be sent to prison despite the conviction. He asked the court to sentence him to six months in prison, but that the sentence be suspended and his client placed on an extensive period of probation.

McIntosh addressed the court and asked for leniency and apologized for his actions.

Assistant Attorney General Melissa Moroney recommended to the court that McIntosh be sentenced to nine years.

Donohue listened to the recommendations of both attorneys and sentenced McIntosh to three years in prison on each charge and ordered that the sentences run concurrent with one another.

Prosecutors charged that McIntosh reported for duty at 11 a.m. April 15, 2006, carrying a box of Ritz crackers and two beverages in a plastic bag. A corrections officer searched the items and found three round objects wrapped in black tape inside the cracker box.

McIntosh told the officer that the box “is not supposed to be there,” and took the items back and left the facility. He later returned with just the beverages and went into work.

McIntosh left the facility later in the day, and when he returned, an officer noticed that he had a bulge in his pants near the calves and that he was walking differently. The officer reported her observation to the shift supervisor, who questioned McIntosh.

McIntosh told the supervisor that he had on a knee brace but refused to let her search him. McIntosh then said he felt ill and was going home, but then he did not leave, according to police.

McIntosh eventually complied with a search and the supervisor removed two round objects that were taped to McIntosh’s leg. The supervisor cut open the packages, which contained marijuana.

McIntosh, who had been a Corrections officer for three years at that time was arrested April 24, 2006

Until his conviction, McIntosh had remained free in the custody of a third-party custodian on a property bond for $75,000. Following trial, he was placed on house arrest with electronic monitoring after Assistant Attorney General Melissa Moroney told the court that he could be a flight risk because he was exposed to as much as 10 years in prison.

After the sentence was imposed Donohue ordered that McIntosh’s bail be revoked and that he be remanded to the custody of the Bureau of Corrections at Golden Grove.

source: http://www.virginislandsdailynews.com/index.pl/article_home?id=17624996

Corrections officer robbed of service weapon in Newark

Four men armed with handguns robbed a corrections officer, taking the officer’s service weapon, in Newark just before midnight Tuesday, city police said.

The officer, whose name and gender were withheld, escaped injury, Detective Todd McClendon said. The thieves remained at large early this morning.

McClendon did not say for whom the officer works.

A broadcast report gave the robbery location as South Orange Avenue near Grove Street, but McClendon did not confirm that information.

Additional details, including whether anything besides the officer’s weapon was taken, were not immediately available.

source: http://www.nj.com/news/index.ssf/2008/05/corrections_officer_robbed_of.html

Prison Guard Accused In Drug Scheme

SOMERS, Conn. — State police said a 43-year-old prison guard has been arrested in an undercover sting operation after allegedly agreeing to smuggle heroin and a cell phone into a Suffield prison.


State police said Connie Atkins, an East Hartford resident, met an undercover police officer who was pretending to be a drug connection, in Hartford on May 21.


State police said Atkins agreed to smuggle 28 grams of heroin and a cell phone to an inmate at MacDougall-Walker Correctional Institution for $3,500.


Atkins has been released on $10,000 bond and is scheduled to returns to Hartford Superior Court on June 20

A state police spokesman, said Tuesday that no other members of the correctional staff are suspected of involvement in the case.

source: http://www.wfsb.com/news/16411900/detail.html?rss=hart&psp=news