NEW BRUNSWICK — A corrections officer at East Jersey State Prison has been sentenced to serve a three-year prison term for supplying cell phones to an inmate, Middlesex County Prosecutor Bruce J. Kaplan announced today.
Glen Adams, 49, of Union, also was required to resign from his job and was barred from holding any public job in the future.
The sentence was imposed on July 12, by Superior Court Judge Frederick P. DeVesa during a hearing at the Middlesex County Courthouse in New Brunswick.
Adams was sentenced after he pleaded guilty on April 12 to a count of selling or transferring an electronic communications device to a person confined in a correctional facility on two occasions between Nov. 1, 2008, and Jan. 31, 2009.
Adams pleaded guilty under the statue, which is aimed at keeping cell phones out of the hands of prisoners. The law, which took effect in August 2007, imposes severe penalties on state and county corrections officials who sell, transfer or give cell phones to prisoners.
Adams waived his right to a presentation of the case to a grand jury in Middlesex County and pleaded guilty following negotiations with Middlesex County Assistant Prosecutor Brian D. Gillet.
Adams was arrested Aug. 6, 2009, in Woodbridge and was charged following an investigation by the Special Investigations Division of the New Jersey Department of Corrections and the Middlesex County Gang, Guns and Drugs Task Force, which is run by the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office.
The investigation began in Jan. 2009, when members of the Special Investigations Division determined that an inmate at the prison, located in the Avenel section of Woodbridge, possessed two cell phone chargers and an earpiece.
Further investigation showed Adams obtained the cell phones and other electronic equipment from associates of a street gang, the Almighty Latin Kings and Queen Nation, and smuggled the items into the prison.
In exchange, Adams received cash payments from the associates during subsequent meetings in Newark.
East Jersey State Prison Principal Investigator Ted Pena led the investigation, and was assisted by his staff: Senior Investigators Chris Birardi, Dave Calderon, Kevin Koch, Hyronda Strickland, Terrance Smith and Carlos Negron.
Also working on the case were Investigator Rodney Blount, Investigator Adrian Villegas and Investigator Joseph Celentano, all of the Middlesex County Gang, Guns and Drugs Task Force.
Following his arrest, Adams, a corrections officer since July 26, 2002, was suspended from his job without pay. He had been earning $66,785 annually.
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