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Palmer prison guard arrested in contraband case

Two people, including a corrections officer, were arrested Saturday following an investigation into alleged smuggling of contraband items into the Palmer Correctional Facility, according to Alaska State Troopers.

Troopers said 24-year-old Stephanie Cravens, a Department of Corrections officer, and 30-year-old Michael Freeman, of Anchorage, were arrested Saturday on warrants obtained with the help of the Office of Special Prosecutions and Appeals, a division of the Department of Law.

Cravens allegedly smuggled a variety of contraband items into the Palmer Correctional Facility, troopers said. An initial trooper report listed charges of bribery, receiving a bribe, and first- and second-degree promoting contraband, but did not specify which charges were being leveled at which defendant.

Both were taken to Mat-Su Pretrial Facility, Cravens on $2,500 bail and Freeman on $10,000 bail.



Alaska Dispatch / Anchorage Daily News