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7 accused of sneaking loot to alleged Strip killer

LAS VEGAS — A former corrections officer is among seven people accused of helping smuggle cellphones into prison for Las Vegas Strip shooting suspect Ammar Harris.

Nevada Attorney General Catherine Cortez Masto announced charges Thursday, after phones and other contraband were found in Harris’ cell in High Desert State Prison in May.

Corrections officer Derland Blake is accused of taking hundreds of dollars in exchange for bringing food, methamphetamines, vodka and a cellphone to an inmate. He didn’t immediately respond to a phone message seeking comment on Thursday.

Five other people, including Harris, were also accused in a complex effort to get the goods behind bars.

Harris is accused of a fatal shooting and crash on the Las Vegas Strip that killed an aspiring rapper, a cab driver and taxi passenger in 2013.


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