Drug smuggling charge against Mass. jail officer

Posted April 18, 2011, at 9:30 p.m.
Last modified April 20, 2011, at 12:57 p.m.

BOSTON — A Massachusetts corrections officer has been arrested on allegations that he attempted to smuggle heroin to sell to inmates at a medium-security prison near Boston.

Ronald McGinn Jr. of Bridgewater was charged Monday with possession of heroin with intent to distribute at MCI-Norfolk.

U.S. District Attorney Carmen Ortiz says the 40-year-old sent text messages and discussed with an undercover FBI agent the amounts he would smuggle into the prison and fees he would charge to do so. He was arrested Monday afternoon in possession of 28 grams of heroin.

The investigation began after a Massachusetts Department of Corrections officer told the FBI that someone was smuggling contraband to the facility about 25 miles southwest of Boston.

It was not immediately clear if McGinn has legal representation. He faces up to 20 years in prison on conviction.

 

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