Taft inmate sentenced for conspiracy to smuggle contraband with correctional officer

Taft inmate sentenced for conspiracy to smuggle contraband with correctional officer

The U.S. Department of Justice says Taft inmate Gerardo Alvarez-Montanez was sentenced after conspiring with correctional officer Ramon Cano, from Bakersfield.
FRESNO, Calif. – Taft Federal Correctional Institution inmate Gerardo Alvarez-Montanez, 32, was sentenced to five years in prison Tuesday for conspiracy to provide and possess contraband in prison.

Court documents state that Alvarez-Montanez conspired with correctional officer Ramon Cano, 28, from Bakersfield, to smuggle cell phones, cash, alcohol, and controlled substances into the prison between November 2013 and Feb. 27, 2014.

Cano pleaded guilty to conspiring to provide and possess contraband in prison on Aug. 25. He is scheduled for sentencing on Dec. 15.

The U.S. Department of Justice says Cano could a maximum penalty of five years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

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