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2 NYC correction officers admit to smuggling in drugs for bribes

Two New York Metropolis correction officers pleaded responsible Tuesday to accepting 1000’s of {dollars} in change for smuggling contraband into Rikers Island for Bloods gang members, federal prosecutors said.

Guards Katrina Patterson and Krystle Burrell each admitted to sneaking in cell telephones and medicines after receiving bribes in a scheme that NYPD Commissioner Keechant Sewell known as “immoral, unethical, and with out integrity.”

The smuggling operating occurred on Rikers Island, the feds said.
The smuggling working occurred on Rikers Island, the feds stated.
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Patterson, 31, confessed to taking no less than $34,090 in bribes from co-conspirators who labored for inmate Michael Ross, the US Lawyer’s Workplace for the Jap District of New York stated. Correction officers discovered medicine and cell telephones in Ross’ cell and legislation enforcement tracked down texts from Patterson that exposed the association.

In a single message, a co-conspirator informed Patterson a few of the contraband headed for Robert N. Davoren Heart can be “4 black joints in 1 paper,” to which Patterson replied, “it higher be wrapped so many occasions I don’t need to odor it,” the feds stated.

Burrell, 35, slipped contraband into the Anna M. Kross Heart on Rikers for inmate Terrae Hinds who doled out $9,780 to the guard, the US Lawyer’s Workplace stated. She delivered two unauthorized cellular phone to Hinds and helped him promote medicine and different contraband gadgets inside the ability, the feds stated.

“The defendants threw of their lot with Bloods gang members and betrayed their sworn responsibility to take care of the security of incarcerated people and different correction officers at Rikers Island by smuggling cell telephones and medicines into the jail,” US Lawyer Breon Peace stated in an announcement.

Sewell stated authorities have “zero tolerance for such misconduct.”

“With at this time’s responsible plea, Ms. Burrell joins Ms. Patterson in publicly acknowledging that their actions have been immoral, unethical, and with out integrity – diametrically against the core necessities of our career,” she stated.

Following the joint investigation, Patterson pleaded responsible in federal court docket on Aug. 16 and will resist 5 years in jail. Burrell pleaded responsible Tuesday and will face a most of ten years behind bars.

Ross, a Bloods gang member, additionally pleaded responsible to a bribery offense whereas expenses towards Hinds stay pending, authorities stated.

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