Ex-guard sentenced to 3 years for smuggling opioids into NJ prison

Steve Tawa
June 07, 2019 - 1:21 pm
David Cade

New Jersey State Police


BURLINGTON, N.J. (KYW Newsradio) — A former prison guard in South Jersey has been sentenced after he plead guilty for smuggling opioid painkillers into South Woods State Prison in Cumberland County. 

After learning that 54-year old David Cade was smuggling drugs behind bars in Bridgeton in exchange for money, the New Jersey Department of Corrections and State Police set the bait in a sting operation, and Cade was arrested.

In the spring of 2018, he was accused of conspiring with an inmate, who was a confidential informant, and a woman — who was an undercover police officer posing as the inmate's girlfriend. According to the criminal complaint, Cade smuggled 50 Oxycodone pills to the inmate and 21 Suboxone strips to the undercover officer.

The inmate agreed to pay Cade $1,000 to smuggle the drugs into the prison to him. State Police arrested Cade immediately after the transaction.

He forfeited his position as a senior correctional police officer as a result of his guilty plea. Now, a Superior Court judge has sentenced Cade to three years in prison.