Two former corporals from the Tecumseh State Correctional Institution are accused of conspiring to smuggle K2 inside for an inmate for $300 in October, according to court documents.
Richard Fries, 53, and Ryan Tokar, 32, were arrested Oct. 21 by Nebraska State Patrol troopers following an investigation by the Nebraska Department of Correctional Services. Both have since resigned.
Prosecutors charged the Lincoln residents last week with conspiring to convey an article to a prisoner. Fries faces an additional felony charge of delivery or distribution of a synthetic cannabinoid, according to Johnson County court documents.
Tokar brought the K2 to the prison and tried to deliver it to a convicted murderer but no longer had access to that unit of the prison, investigators said in an affidavit for his arrest.
Fries learned of the planned delivery after an inmate asked him when Tokar, Fries' son-in-law, was going to bring his "stuff," the affidavit said.
Tokar and Fries talked about the delivery, and Fries put the K2 in his coat, went into the prison and left it for the inmate in a trashcan in his housing unit, investigators said.
Fries resigned on Oct. 25, and Tokar resigned Nov. 6, said prison spokeswoman Dawn-Renee Smith.
Department officials have no information to suggest this case is related to other K2 smuggling attempts at state prisons, she said.
Both had been employed by the department less than a year.
Fries and Tokar have since been released on bond.
Neither has an attorney with the courthouse, and they couldn't immediately be reached for comment on the allegations against them.