- Associated Press - Friday, February 19, 2016

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) - Two women have pleaded guilty in separate schemes to bribe corrections officers and smuggle marijuana and cellphones into a New Jersey jail.

Deidra Harrison, of Newark, pleaded guilty to conspiring to commit extortion and Karen Adrianzen, of North Bergen, pleaded guilty to conspiring to pay bribes to Essex County Jail guards, U.S. Attorney Paul Fishman said Thursday.

Authorities say that in November 2013 Harrison passed a cellphone and a $1,000 payment she received from an undercover FBI agent to her daughter, Channel Lespinasse, a jail guard. Lespinasse later smuggled the items to an inmate and pleaded guilty in January 2015 to an extortion charge.

From 2013 to 2014, Adrianzen delivered cash bribes, cellphones and marijuana to corrections officers who then passed them to by Jason Perez, a federal pretrial detainee at the jail, who directed the scheme, according to authorities.

After the officers delivered the items to Perez, he sold the marijuana and phones to other inmates, who paid via Western Union money transfers executed by friends and family. Officials say Adrianzen and others collected the money transfers on Perez’s behalf.

Perez pleaded guilty to a bribery charge in May 2015.

Messages seeking comment from Harrison’s attorney and from Adrianzen’s lawyer weren’t immediately returned.


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