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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  October 8, 2002
NEWS FROM: Director’s Office  02-013

DMV TAG PLANT EMPLOYEE ARRESTED

Carson City Sheriff Deputies arrested Cory Lewis, 33, at about 6:45 a.m. for attempting to bring narcotics into the Nevada State Prison.  Lewis is a probationary driver warehouse worker at the State of Nevada Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) license plate plant located on prison grounds.

Operating on a tip, officers stopped Lewis’ vehicle at the prison entrance.  After consenting to a search, Lewis was found in possession of nearly an ounce of Methamphetamine. He was booked on counts of trafficking in a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance and furnishing a controlled substance to a prisoner.

“We take an uncompromising view of this kind of behavior,” DMV Director Ginny Lewis said.  “Illegal drugs are dangerous and against the law.  The Nevada Department of Motor Vehicles has a rigid policy regarding our employees and illegal drugs: zero tolerance.”  Lewis said her department is working closely with the Nevada Department of Corrections (NDC) to fully investigate the incident.

 “The investigation is continuing,” NDC Director Jackie Crawford said, “and we’re in partnership with the DMV on this.  We see it as an opportunity to collectively work together not only to make our prisons safer but to send the message that trafficking in narcotics at any time is dangerous and will not be tolerated.”

According to Crawford, it’s also an opportunity to strengthen an already strong system.  “We have an incredible network in place,” she said, “and it’s almost impossible to do something like this and not get caught.  This is a chance to make it stronger.”

State Prison Warden Mike Budge agrees.  “One of three things is going to happen when you do something wrong here,” he said.  “One, someone is going to tell on you.  Two, we’re going to find out or, three, both.  Introducing narcotics into an institution is very serious.  People can lose their lives as a result.  We simply will not tolerate it.”

As a condition of employment, Lewis was required to pass an extensive background check and was subject to random drug tests.

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