Former corrections officer accused of smuggling pot, tequila, tobacco, spy camera into Valley prisons
A former corrections officer at two Valley prisons is accused of taking bribes to smuggle marijuana, liquor, tobacco and a secret spy camera inside the lockups to inmates.
Federal prosecutors say Nasher Algahim was employed as a corrections officer at Youngstown’s privately run Northeast Ohio Correctional Center from 2017 to 2019, and the Federal Correctional Institution in Elkton from 2019 until 2021.
According to a bill of information filed in federal court, Algahim accepted money through mobile payments to smuggle marijuana, tequila, tobacco, and a camera concealed in a pen to inmates at Elkton.
Investigators say Algahim also took money to sneak tobacco into NEOCC.
Algahim has signed a waiver of indictment, consenting to be prosecuted on the six charges through information instead of the usual indictment process.
In such instances the accused is usually expected to plead guilty.