Officers Indicted and Arrested For Introducing Contraband

Officers Indicted and Arrested For Introducing Contraband

Three Correctional Officers Indicted and Arrested For Introducing Contraband into State Prison

SAN JUAN, P.R (STL.News) On May 12, 2021, a federal grand jury returned a four-count indictment charging three Puerto Rico Department of Corrections officers and two other individuals with conspiracy to provide contraband in prison, announced W. Stephen Muldrow, United States Attorney for the District of Puerto Rico.  The case was investigated by the FBI Police Corruption/Civil Rights squad that investigates corrupt domestic public officials as a part of a collaborative effort with the Puerto Rico Department of Corrections.

The indictment charges that from approximately June 2017 to March 2020, Puerto Rico correctional officers Jorge Rodríguez-Pagán, Luis Joel López-Luna, and Elvin O. Navedo-Colón, conspired together and with Shirley Figueroa and Magalys Ortega to provide prohibited objects, including cellular telephones and controlled substances, to inmates housed at the Bayamón 705 prison in Bayamón, Puerto Rico.

According to the allegations in the indictment, correctional officers Rodríguez-Pagán, López-Luna and Navedo-Colón smuggled prohibited items, including, synthetic marihuana, Suboxone, cigarettes as well as cellular telephones and chargers into Bayamón 705 in exchange for payment from co-conspirators Figueroa and Ortega, who were associated with inmates.  The payments were made via ATH Móvil.

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Author: Waqar Nawaz