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Guards accused of smuggling pot, tobacco into MI prison

By Rick Pluta, Michigan Public Radio Network



Two prison guards are facing corruption charges for smuggling tobacco and marijuana into a corrections facility in Detroit. An inmate is also facing criminal charges. More from Michigan Public Radio's Rick Pluta.

Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette announced the charges. He says the investigation was launched after an inmate at the Ryan Correctional Facility was caught this past summer with marijuana and tobacco during a cell search. The state police inquiry led to the two guards - Corey Young and Joseph Jordan -- who allegedly accepted payoffs from family members and friends of inmates to smuggle contraband into the prison. Young is also accused of bringing a gun to the prison. The inmate, Carlos Neely, is accused of possessing drugs and alcohol in a prison.

This is the second time this year a corrections officer has been accused of smuggling contraband into a state prison. The last time, authorities detected a plot to sneak tobacco and drugs into the Newberry Correctional Facility in the eastern Upper Peninsula.

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