Sacto 9-1-1
April 18, 2012
Former correctional officer sentenced in marijuana case

A former Folsom State Prison correctional officer was sentenced today in Sacramento Superior Court for possession of marijuana for sale.

Ryan Coma and his co-defendant Vietmy Nguyen each received a sentence of 150 days in county jail, plus five years of formal probation, according to a Sacramento County District Attorney's Office news release. In addition, they must register as drug offenders and will be subject to search and seizure with probable cause. Violation of probation could result in a sentence of up to three years in county jail under the new Criminal Justice Realignment Law.

On Aug. 22, 2011, Folsom State Prison investigators were following 30-year-old Coma because of rumors that he had been smuggling drugs, tobacco and cell phones into the prison, according to the news release. Coma was seen entering a vehicle belonging to Vietmy Nguyen, whose brother was an inmate at Folsom Prison.

Investigators approached the vehicle, smelled marijuana and ordered Coma and Nguyen out of the vehicle. Nguyen consented to a search of her vehicle, which was found to contain 2.7 pounds of marijuana, 5 pounds of tobacco, 2 ounces of heroin, 2 ounces of methamphetamine, 13 cell phones, uncashed money orders and $5,980 in cash, officials said.

Coma had been a correctional officer for less than five years and has since been terminated by the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.

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