BOSTON — An MCI-Cedar Junction inmate pleaded guilty on Monday, April 8, 2019, in federal court in Boston in connection with smuggling drugs into the facility.

William Guillemette, 39, an inmate at Massachusetts Correctional Institute – Cedar Junction (MCI-CJ) in South Walpole, pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to distribute Suboxone and Alprazolam. U.S. District Court Judge Indira Talwani scheduled sentencing for July 16, 2019.

In September 2018, William Guillemette was indicted along with his mother, Margaret Guillemette, 58; his wife, Lisa Guillemette, 42; and Chad Connors, 42, also an MCI-CJ inmate. Margaret Guillemette, of Fall River, pleaded guilty on March 1, 2019, and will be sentenced on May 30, 2019.

According to the charging documents, Chad Connors and William Guillemette were inmates housed at MCI-CJ’s Departmental Disciplinary Unit (DDU). It is alleged that Connors was involved in a romantic relationship with a nurse assigned to the DDU. At Connors’ request, the nurse agreed to smuggle contraband, including controlled substances, into MCI-CJ. In order to do this, the nurse opened two P.O. Boxes through a third party.

Connors sent letters and money to the nurse at these P.O. Boxes and, at William Guillemette’s direction, Lisa and Margaret Guillemette, obtained and sent Suboxone and Alprazolam to the P.O. Boxes. The nurse subsequently smuggled the drugs into the DDU and delivered them to Connors.

It is alleged that Connors and William Guillemette distributed the drugs to other inmates, who sent checks to Lisa and Margaret Guillemette as payment for the drugs. Suboxone and Alprazolam are Schedule III and Schedule IV controlled substances, respectively.

The nurse was previously charged and pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to distribute Suboxone and Alprazolam.

The charge of conspiracy to distribute Suboxone and Alprazolam provides for a sentence of no greater than 10 years in prison, three years of supervised release, a fine of $500,000 and forfeiture.

--U.S. Attorney's Office