Suspect was allegedly paid to bring heroin, meth into federal prison
A correctional officer at the Taft Correctional faces drug smuggling charges and bribery charges after he was caught in an undercover sting operation, the United States Attorney announced.
Roman Cano is accused of attempting to smuggle heroin and methamphetamine into the low-security federal prison facility east of Taft.
Cano, 27, was indicted by a federal grand jury on Thursday on charges of accepting a bribe by a federal official and possession with the intent to distribute heroin and meth.
He could face up to 40 years in prison and fines of up to $5 million, the U.S. Attorney's Office office said min a news release
According to the news release, officials began investigating in November 2013 after an inmate told investigators that Cano was smuggling drugs into the prison and getting paid for it.
An investigation was started, and it was culminated on Feb. 27 when Cano met with undercover agents in Bakersfield and accepted $4,000 in cash, an ounce of methamphetamine and one ounce of heroin to sneak into the prison, the news release said.
Cano was arrested at the scene after taking he money and drugs.