Corrections Supervisor Busted for "Set-Up Scheme

Las Vegas, Nv. Oct. 15, 2007

A department of corrections lieutenant is under arrest, accused of being the mastermind behind an elaborate drug set-up and assault. The target? A fellow officer.
Irvin Blake was a rising member of the Nevada Department of Corrections. Promoted twice in the last four years, Blake is now sitting in a jail cell.
Blake stands accused of asking an inmate to beat up another corrections officer and frame him. He was once in charge of keeping inmates in line. Now Irvin Blake is an inmate in a bizarre case of revenge.
Blake was arrested Wednesday after suspicions he had asked an inmate at Southern Nevada Correction Center in Jean to assault a sergeant at the prison.
Blake was hired in October 1993 and had been promoted in 2003 and again recently to the rank of lieutenant. But according to the arrest report, obtained exclusively by Eyewitness News, the twice-promoted lieutenant was facing a demotion soon. And he wanted retribution on the sergeant who ratted him out for an unknown infraction.
The report paints a disturbing plan hatched by Blake to clear his own name by asking an inmate to beat up the sergeant. Then Blake would place controlled substances in his car and then call highway patrol once the sergeant went home for the night.
But it never happened. Once investigators found out, Blake admitted to the whole plan before his paid-off inmate could follow through.
The Department of Corrections had little comment Wednesday, other than to say Blake had been officially terminated.
Blake's charges -- oppression under the color of office and misconduct of a public officer, are Class D and E felonies. If convicted, Blake could face up a combined eight years in prison and fines of $10,000.

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