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Former Rikers Island guard admits smuggling drugs into jail

August 10, 2019

NEW YORK (AP) — A former Rikers Island corrections officer faces up to five years behind bars after admitting he smuggled drugs into the New York City jail.

Simon Gordon pleaded guilty Friday in Brooklyn federal court to conspiring to accept bribes.

Prosecutors say the 24-year-old concealed a package of marijuana in his crotch, coated with nail polish to mask its odor.

Investigators say they overheard a telephone call between Gordon’s co-conspirators involving a cash payment of $2,000.

Authorities confronted Gordon last summer as he was reporting for work.

The case was investigated by the New York City Department of Investigation.

U.S. Attorney Richard Donoghue said Gordon “betrayed the trust” placed in him as a corrections officer.

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