Corrections Officer Indicted for Smuggling Contraband

Philadelphia Corrections Officer Indicted for Smuggling Contraband Into Philadelphia Prison
Also Indicted were a PICC Inmate and the Inmate’s Girlfriend

PHILADELPHIA (STL.News) Acting United States Attorney Jennifer Arbittier Williams announced that Haneef Lawton, 33, a Philadelphia Corrections Officer, Kernard Murray, 36, a currently incarcerated inmate, and Charene Stallings, 42, Murray’s girlfriend, all of Philadelphia, PA, were charged by Indictment with bribery, and conspiring to distribute narcotics and cell phones in a contraband smuggling scheme at the Philadelphia Industrial Correctional Center (“PICC”).

The seven-count Indictment charges defendant Lawton and his co-conspirators with one count of conspiracy, two counts of federal program bribery, and distribution (and possession with intent to distribute) a controlled substance (Suboxone).  Stallings is also charged with an additional count of possession with intent to distribute cocaine base or crack.

The Indictment alleges that Lawton agreed with Murray to smuggle contraband on multiple occasions into PICC in exchange for a series of bribes.  It further alleges that Murray arranged to sell the incoming contraband to other inmates.  As part of the arrangement, Murray is charged with securing the agreement of his fellow inmate buyers to make payment arrangements with Stallings via cash and electronic peer-to-peer payment methods such as CashApp. 

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