Feds charge Rikers Island guard with smuggling drugs to jail
NEW YORK (AP) — Federal authorities have charged a Rikers Island correctional officer with smuggling drugs into the New York City jail.
Court records unsealed this week show 23-year-old Simon Gordon faces bribery and drug charges following an investigation by the city’s Department of Investigation.
Gordon was released Monday on $25,000 bail. A message seeking comment was sent to his defense attorney Wednesday.
Court records show authorities reviewed jailhouse phone calls in which an unnamed inmate discussed bribing a guard.
Authorities confronted Gordon one day last summer as he was reporting for work.
Prosecutors say he handed over a package of marijuana he had concealed in his crotch.
They said the narcotics had been coated with nail polish in an effort to mask the odor.