- Associated Press - Friday, March 11, 2016

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) - A former New Jersey State Prison employee has been convicted of accepting bribes to smuggle tobacco into the Trenton prison more than two years ago.

NJ.com reports (https://bit.ly/1Lgbtqf) a jury found Keith Harris guilty of bribery and money laundering on Thursday.

Prosecutors say Harris was involved in a large-scale tobacco smuggling operation. Authorities say the operation began after a 2013 ban on cigarettes in prisons. They say he received around $2,000 as payment for smuggling tobacco into the prison.

Harris, a former corrections officer, eight inmates and 10 civilians were indicted in 2014 for connections to the tobacco ring.

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Information from: NJ Advance Media.

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