12 Charged in Montana State Prison Smuggling Operation
DEER LODGE, Mont. (AP) — Prosecutors say a dozen people face charges in a long-running operation to smuggle tobacco and other contraband into the Montana State Prison.
The Montana Standard reports the smuggling operation lasted over two years and involved a former plumber for the prison, current and former inmates and a relative of a former inmate.
Court documents filed by the Powell County Attorney's Office say the plumber, John Campbell, is charged with 39 felony counts and made at least $10,000 for his part in the alleged conspiracy.
Prosecutors say an inmate worker Campbell supervised helped smuggle the contraband to inmates.
The Powell County attorney's office says the defendants have a July 30 court appearance scheduled and that Campbell does not have an attorney.
A message left at an Anaconda phone listing for Campbell was not immediately returned.
Information from: The Montana Standard