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Raphael Lopez Salinas Valley State Prison worker sentenced to five years in prison for smuggling drugs and cell phones

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A Salinas Valley State Prison worker was sentenced to five years in prison for smuggling drugs and cell phones to inmates in exchange for money, according to a Monterey County deputy district attorney. Raphael Lopez, 30, of Salinas, was convicted of bribery and sentenced to five years in prison by Judge Mark Hood on Friday.

According to the deputy district attorney, Lopez systematically accepted bribes for a year and a half, violating his position of trust as a public employee. The Office of Internal Affairs of the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation investigated the case.

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