Former Prison Guard Sentenced To 50 Months For Contraband Smuggling
PHILADELPHIA – John Wesley Herder, 50, of Philadelphia, PA, was sentenced today to 50 months in prison for delivering contraband to inmates at the Curran-Fromhold Correctional Facility (CFCF), in Philadelphia, where he worked at the time. On October 16, 2013, Herder smuggled past prison security at the CFCF a cellular telephone and 100 pills, represented to contain OxyContin, in exchange for $1,000. Then, on January 15, 2015, Herder again smuggled past prison security at the CFCF 100 pills, represented to contain OxyContin, in exchange for $1,000. When the FBI questioned Herder about his contraband smuggling activities, Herder falsely stated that he had never brought contraband into the CFCF. On January 20, 2016, Herder pleaded guilty to one count of attempted extortion under color of official right, one count of attempted distribution of controlled substances, and one count of making false statements to federal law enforcement officers.
In addition to the prison term, U.S. District Court Mark A. Kearney ordered a $1,000 fine, three years of supervised release, a $1,000 forfeiture money judgment, and a $300 special assessment.
The case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation with assistance from the Philadelphia Department of Corrections. It is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Kevin R. Brenner.