CARSON CITY — Nevada Attorney General Catherine Cortez Masto announced last week that Michael Ford, 31, pleaded guilty to one count of misconduct of public officer, a felony, for attempting to smuggle and sell tobacco to prisoners.
Ford was previously employed as a correctional officer at Southern Desert Correctional Center (SDCC). In January, Department of Corrections investigators apprehended Ford at the SDCC with a large duffel bag of tobacco intended for sale to prison inmates. Ford had been offered hundreds of dollars by inmates for smuggling tobacco into the prison system, where it is considered contraband.
“Our office takes seriously any allegations of corruption by public employees,” Masto said.
Ford pleaded guilty before Melisa De La Garza, Clark County District Court’s arraignment hearing master. Sentencing has been set for Oct. 22. Ford faces up to four years in prison and/or five years of supervised probation.