Miami, Fl. — A former federal correctional officer was sentenced today to 70 months in prison for sneaking contraband items into the Miami prison where he worked and distributing them to inmates in exchange for bribe money.
From as early as December 2018 through September 2019, Victor Manuel DeJesus (“DeJesus”), 48, used his official position as a correctional officer at FCI-Miami federal prison to bring prohibited items, including controlled substances, cellular telephones, and SIM cards, into the prison and distribute them to inmates who lived there. In exchange for this service, DeJesus accepted bribe payments from inmates and their associates. DeJesus used inmate co-conspirators to distribute the contraband within FCI-Miami.
In connection with this criminal conduct, DeJesus pled guilty earlier this year to conspiracy, bribery, and other charges.
Ariana Fajardo Orshan, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Florida, and George Piro, Special Agent in Charge, Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI), Miami Field Office, made the announcement.
U.S. Attorney Fajardo Orshan commended the investigatory efforts of the FBI, the United States Postal Service, and the Bureau of Prisons in this matter. Assistant U.S. Attorney Alejandra L. López prosecuted this case.