ECI Inmate Convicted of Racketeering

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An inmate from the Eastern Correctional Institution in Westover has been convicted of racketeering.  Justice officials say 43 year old Ternell Lucas has been found guilty of bribery conspiracy, bribery of a public employee, drug offenses and money laundering at the prison.  Officials say that from 2014 until October of 2016, correctional officers smuggled contraband into the prison – including drugs, cell phones, porn videos and tobacco.  Evidence presented at trial showed Lucas acted as a wholesaler and retailer of contraband.  70 of the 80 defendant originally indicted in this case have pleaded guilty – including 14 of 18 COs who were charged.  Lucas will be sentenced on August 13th.