- Associated Press - Monday, March 23, 2015

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) - Two Newark men have been sentenced for their roles in a scheme to smuggle marijuana, cellphones and other contraband into the Essex County Jail.

Federal prosecutors say 29-year-old Darsell Davis received a 15-month prison sentence Monday. He pleaded guilty last October to conspiring with others to commit extortion under color of official right.

Thirty-year-old Dwayne Harper was sentenced to a year in prison. He pleaded guilty last fall to conspiring to smuggle contraband into the jail.

Both men will also have to serve three years of supervised release once they’re freed.

Prosecutors say the men aided jail guard Stephen Solomon, who passed the contraband on to an inmate.

Solomon pleaded guilty last October to conspiring to commit extortion under color of official right. He’s due to be sentenced Wednesday.

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