A north Jersey prison guard has admitted to illegally smuggling drugs into a jail. Attorney General Paula Dow announced that Luis S. Roman, 47, of Avenel, pleaded guilty to racketeering and official misconduct in Middlesex County Superior Court. Under the plea agreement, the state will recommend that Roman be sentenced to 14 years in state prison, including five years of parole ineligibility.
Roman and 18 other defendants who allegedly distributed contraband in the prison or acted as accomplices outside the prison were charged with racketeering and conspiracy in a state grand jury indictment obtained by the Division of Criminal Justice on Sept. 15, 2010. Separate indictments obtained that month charged 16 inmates who bought contraband.