- Associated Press - Friday, September 12, 2014

ATLANTA (AP) - Authorities have arrested a prison guard they say accepted money to smuggle drugs into the federal penitentiary in Atlanta.

Dirk Antonious Engram was arrested Thursday, according to a sworn statement from an FBI agent filed in federal court in Atlanta Friday. It was not immediately clear whether he had a lawyer.

An inmate told authorities this summer that Engram told him he was willing to smuggle contraband into the prison for a payment of $3,000, according to the FBI agent’s statement. Agents worked with a witness who’s not an inmate and who arranged to pay Engram to smuggle things to the inmate, the statement says.

Engram and the witness communicated by text message and arranged to meet on Sept. 4. Engram told the witness in a text message, “and u can go ahead and bring his first package if it’s ready,” according to the statement. The witness wore a recording device to the meeting and agents secretly watched the meeting, during which the witness gave Engram an envelope containing $3,000, the statement says.

In subsequent text messages, the witness agreed to pay Engram $2,000 for the next three runs. The two arranged to meet in a parking lot Thursday. During that meeting, the witness told Engram what she wanted him to smuggle into the prison, including heroin and other controlled substances, and he accepted the items and a payment of $2,000, the statement says.

As Engram began to walk back to his car from the witness’ car, FBI agents approached him. He initially ran from them but only got a short distance before agents were able to stop him, the statement says. Under questioning by agents, Engram admitted to accepting a total of $5,000 from the witness to smuggle items into the prison, the statement says.

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