Prison Worker Charged With Smuggling Contraband

DENVER (CBS4) ― A former religious service counselor at a Florence prison was charged Monday with providing contraband, cigarettes and heroin, to an inmate.

John E. Thacker, 42, of Pueblo, who worked at the high-security U.S. Penitentiary, was charged in U.S. District Court.

An investigator said the inmate told him the inmate sold the cigarettes to other inmates for $200 a pack and they resold the packs for about $500 each.

Cigarettes and other forms of tobacco are prohibited in federal prisons and considered substances that threaten “the order and discipline” of prisons, the investigator, Paul Sullivan, wrote in a court affidavit.

The investigator said Thacker “indicated he brought (the inmate) approximately 20 cartons of cigarettes on 4 or 5 occasions in 2006.”

Sullivan said another inmate and the inmate’s wife told the investigator that the wife gave Thacker $1,500 to smuggle in contraband, including a small quantity of heroin hidden inside cigarette cartons.

The investigator said Thacker stated he had been offered money, but denied he received any money and denied knowing that heroin was in the cartons. He resigned his job with the U.S. Bureau of Prisons.
source: http://cbs4denver.com/local/federal.prison.contraband.2.823455.html

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