A senior corrections officer was sentenced to three years in prison Friday over a conspiracy to smuggle opiates into South Woods State Prison.
Gloucester County Superior Court Judge Robert P. Becker Jr. sentenced David Cade, 54, to three years in state prison for accepting a $1,000 bribe in exchange for smuggling 50 pills into the prison.
Cade, a Clayton resident, was arrested after receiving the cash and pills from a woman who authorities did not identify. He also provided the woman with 21 suboxone strips.
“Cade took an oath to uphold our laws and maintain security in South Woods State Prison,” said Attorney General Grewal. “By conspiring to smuggle highly addictive opioid painkillers into the prison, he betrayed his oath in a way that threatened the safety of officers as well as inmates. This prison sentence sends a strong message that we will aggressively prosecute this type of official corruption.”
The now-former corrections officer pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit bribery in official and political matters on March 15.
As part of his sentencing, Cade is also barred from government employment in New Jersey.
“Correctional police officers put their lives on the line daily, relying on each other to ensure the safety of both fellow officers and inmates,” said Colonel Patrick Callahan of the New Jersey State Police. “Cade’s conduct not only jeopardized lives, it betrayed New Jersey’s law enforcement community and citizens alike, who rightfully demand that those entrusted to uphold the law are held to a higher standard.”