LINCOLN — A 24-year-old Nebraska State Penitentiary corporal was arrested Saturday after investigators say he accepted a bribe and tried to bring K2 into the Lincoln prison, according to court documents.
Staff in the prison's intelligence office alerted investigators about a tip Saturday that Michael J. Miller planned to bring the synthetic marijuana to the prison, a Nebraska Department of Correctional Services investigator said in an affidavit for Miller's arrest.
Prison officials began staff searches as Miller arrived for work, the investigator said.
Inside Miller's vehicle, investigators found a Ziploc bag containing small wrapped packages of K2 and cigarette rolling papers, the affidavit said.
They also found a black cellphone charger wrapped in black electrical tape.
Investigators believe Miller gave his personal phone number to an inmate at the prison to arrange to bring contraband inside in exchange for $1,000, according to the affidavit.
A woman Miller didn't know drove to his apartment at 721 Folsom Lane at an unspecified date and gave him the drugs and cash, the affidavit said.
Miller was taken to the Lancaster County jail on suspicion of bribery and unauthorized communications with a prisoner.
He remained in jail Monday morning, but charges had not been filed in the case.
“It is disappointing to see staff members make choices to break the law and endanger the safety of their coworkers and inmates,” Department of Corrections Director Scott Frakes said in a statement.
K2's side effects are a significant risk for the user, he said, and can make inmates violent.
Miller has been suspended without pay, prisons spokeswoman Dawn-Renee Smith said in a news release.
He became a correctional officer at the prison in August 2016 and was promoted to corporal in May, she said.
Last month, a State Penitentiary caseworker was arrested and accused of bringing K2 into the prison for inmates four times during September.
That case followed the Oct. 1 discovery that at least 15 inmates there had used K2.
It wasn't immediately clear Monday whether the two cases were connected.