Staffer caught trying to smuggle synthetic marijuana into Nebraska State Penitentiary, prison officials say

LINCOLN — State prison officials said they stopped a staffer on Saturday from smuggling synthetic marijuana, or K2, into the Nebraska State Penitentiary.

Corrections Cpl. Michael Miller, 24, was arrested and jailed on suspicion of bribery and unauthorized communication with an inmate after a search of his vehicle Saturday.

Miller, who has worked 15 months for the department, told a prison investigator that he intended to take the K2 to an inmate in the prison.

State prison officials have stepped up their efforts to halt the flow of contraband into state prisons. Four other staffers have been arrested in the past two months.

There have been several disturbances in recent months linked to K2, and in May an inmate at Tecumseh died of an overdose of methamphetamine and Ecstasy.

Corrections will “continue to employ security measures in our prisons to prevent the introduction of contraband and keep people safe,” said Director Scott Frakes.