LANCASTER – A 43-year-old man who worked as a guard at a California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation facility in Lancaster pleaded no contest Tuesday to bringing contraband into the prison, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced.
Andre Pierre Scott also admitted that the crime was committed for the benefit of a criminal street gang, according to Deputy District Attorney Craig Kleffman.
The prosecutor said Scott is a member of the Pasadena Denver Lane Bloods street gang, and Scott distributed phones, heroin and marijuana at the prison in 2012 and 2013. The contraband was either smuggled in by Scott or thrown over a prison fence by civilians and then distributed by Scott, according to the prosecutor.
The criminal case stemmed from an investigation by the Internal Affair Bureau of CDCR.
An informant tipped off prison investigators in late 2013; and in November of that year, three agents confronted Scott before his shift at the Lancaster prison’s minimum support facility, according to testimony at a preliminary court hearing.
The agents searched Scott’s belongings and found vacuumed-sealed bags of marijuana, cellophane-wrapped packages of heroin, and several cell phones intended for inmates, according to court testimony by internal affairs agent William Yarbrough.
According to Yarbrough’s testimony, authorities served a search warrant at Scott’s Lancaster home, where they found packages of marijuana, a stolen loaded .357 magnum handgun, a scale, vacuum sealed bags, and letters and paraphernalia associated with the Pasadena Denver Lane Bloods street gang. Read more on the December 2013 preliminary court hearing here.
Scott, a correctional officer for more than 10 years, was arrested Nov. 28, 2013. He was fired a day later and charged with two counts of bringing drugs into prison, possession of marijuana for sale, possession for sales of a controlled substance, sales or transportation of marijuana and sales or transportation of a controlled substance.
Scott has been jailed on $1 million bail since his 2013 arrest.
After pleading no contest Tuesday to bringing contraband into the prison, Scott was immediately sentenced to four years in state prison and waived credit for two years he has already spent behind bars.
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