Ammar Harris listens to proceedings in a Las Vegas courtroom during his sentencing Feb. 26, 2014. (Peter Dawson/FOX5)
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Three women are accused of bribing a prison guard and trying to smuggle cell phones into a Nevada state prison. The common denominator is accused Strip shooter Ammar Harris.
Court documents show the alleged security breach occurred around the time Harris was transferred from the High Desert State Prison, located near Indian Springs, to a maximum security facility in Ely.
Harris' attorneys attribute the transfer to Harris being caught with a phone.
Two of the three women named in the criminal complaint have spent the last few days in Clark County Detention Center.
Mayline Sutera said she was in a cell at the county jail when Olga Gonzalez, one of her cellmates, dropped Ammar Harris' name. She said she remembered Harris as the man accused of a shooting and crash on the Las Vegas Strip in 2013 that killed three people.
"Olga said, ‘Yeah, the phones went to Ammar Harris.' I knew who she was talking about. She was crying. [She] didn't know how she got herself in that situation," Sutera said.
Sutera said Gonzalez went on to tell her exactly how she ended up behind bars. It involved a plan that incorporated bribery, cell phones and a box of fried chicken.
"She said her boyfriend hatched the plan up," Sutera said.
The idea, Sutera said, was for Gonzalez, along with two other women, to smuggle two cell phones into the High Desert State Prison. One was for Gonzalez's boyfriend, the other for Harris.
Sutera said Gonzales was told to hide the phones in a box of chicken and pass the package to a corrections officer who, she said, was in on the plan.
"He's the one checking them in. He took the chicken as his lunch. That's how the phones got into the prison," Sutera said.
The plan went off the rails when guards caught Harris with one of the phones, court documents stated.
Gonzalez now faces five felony charges.
When FOX5 reached out to the office of the Nevada Attorney General to verify Sutera's story, we were told the office wouldn't comment because the case is pending.
FOX5 did verify Sutera was locked up at the detention center at the same time as Gonzalez.
There is no word about a corrections officers facing charges in this case.
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