A correctional officer at Goose Creek Correctional Center (GCCC) plead guilty to conspiracy and bribery charges for smuggling contraband into the prison, the U.S. Attorney’s Office announced Tuesday.
According to court documents, Angela Lincoln, 43, smuggled contraband — which included Suboxone strips and cell phones — to an inmate serving a 100-year sentence. The inmate then distributed the drugs within the prison and paid Lincoln tens of thousands of dollars in bribe payments.
The inmate secretly arranged to deliver the contraband and cash payments to Lincoln with the help of family and friends who he called “grinders.” The grinders would secretly drop the bribe payments and contraband — hidden inside books, plastic bottles and candy wrappers, near the fence of Lincoln’s home, according to the release. She would then smuggle the prohibited items into GCCC.
Lincoln had worked at the facility since 2014, the release said.
The inmate’s acquaintances would launder the funds and hide cash in trinkets, greeting cards and stuffed animals, the release said. When questioned by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI,) Lincoln falsely reported that the money was for old DVDs, video games and a meat grinder.
Goose Creek Correctional Center is an Alaska Department of Corrections run medium-security prison for men located in Wasilla. The facility houses up to 1,300 inmates and employs approximately 333 staff members.
“As a correctional officer she was required to protect inmates and staff by, among other things, ensuring that contraband — including drugs and cell phones — did not enter or remain in the facility where inmates could access them,” the U.S. Attorney’s Office said in the release.
Lincoln faces a maximum penalty of 15 years in prison for the charges. A federal district court judge will determine any sentence after considering the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors. A sentencing hearing has not yet been scheduled, according to court documents.
The FBI is investigating the case with valuable assistance provided by the Alaska Department of Corrections, the release said.