Corrections officer pleads guilty to smuggling opioids to inmate

A state corrections officer pleaded guilty Wednesday in federal court in Boston to a conspiracy charge for agreeing to smuggle opioids into prison for an inmate, officials said.

William Holts, 51, of Pawtucket, R.I., had planned to smuggle 100 Suboxone strips into the Massachusetts Correctional Institute in Norfolk, in exchange for $2,000, according to a statement from the U.S. Attorney’s office.

He had previously smuggled in other contraband for the inmate, according to the statement.


Suboxone, a Class III controlled substance, is used to treat heroin addiction but is also “coveted contraband in prisons across the nation and particularly in New England,” prosecutors said.

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Holts was arrested on May 9.

He is scheduled to be sentenced on Sept. 17.

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