Attorney General Laxalt Announces Revoked Probation of Former Corrections Officer Convicted in Connection With Prison Cell Phone Plot

October 26, 2016

Las Vegas, NV – Today, Nevada Attorney General Adam Paul Laxalt announced that Derland Blake, 32, of North Las Vegas was revoked from his probation. Blake, a former Nevada Department of Corrections Officer pleaded guilty and was sentenced in January 2015 for his involvement in a smuggling plot in High Desert State Prison. Blake entered a guilty plea to bribery charges for accepting bribes to smuggle cell phones and other contraband into the prison to assist with the escape of inmate Ammar Harris, the notorious “Strip Shooter” who was ordered to serve three life sentences for murder. Blake was previously sentenced to 24-60 months in the Nevada Department of Corrections for his role in the smuggling scheme. However, the judge suspended the sentence and placed Blake on probation for a fixed period of five years.

    Today, Blake was in court facing revocation of his probation after having been bound over to District Court on new charges, this time for three counts of lewdness with a child under the age of 14. Eighth Judicial District Court Judge Kathleen Delaney revoked his probation and imposed a modified sentence of 12-36 months in the Nevada Department of Corrections.

      “Former Corrections Officer Blake put the safety of inmates, visitors and co-workers at risk while serving at the Nevada Department of Corrections, and now he has been charged with compromising the emotional well-being of a minor,” said Laxalt.

        Deputy Attorney General Karen A. Whelan prosecuted this case.

          To read the criminal Information against Derland Blake, click here. Click this link to file a complaint about someone suspected of committing a fraud.


            BLAKE, DERLAND

             (Photo Courtesy of the Nevada Department of Corrections)