ASHLAND, Ky. (AP) — A former Kentucky prison guard and a Tennessee woman have pleaded not guilty to charges that they helped smuggle marijuana, tobacco, cellphones and sexually explicit photographs to inmates.
An indictment accuses Cindy Gates of securing contraband and former guard James Lewis of smuggling it into the Federal Correctional Institution near Ashland.
Inmate Gary Musick is accused of directing Gates and Lewis on what items to procure and directing his fellow inmates to sell the items.
Ashland's The Independent reports (http://bit.ly/15D4hPN) Lewis, of Ironton, pleaded not guilty in federal court last week to charges of accepting bribes as a public official and conspiracy to defraud the United States.
Gates, of Newport, Tenn., pleaded not guilty to conspiracy to defraud the U.S.