- Associated Press - Thursday, June 4, 2015

ATLANTA (AP) - Prosecutors say a former guard has been sentenced for smuggling contraband into the federal penitentiary in Atlanta.

Authorities say 27-year-old Dirk Antonious Engram Jr. admitted to accepting $500 as payment every time he smuggled cigarettes, marijuana or other contraband into the prison for inmates.

According to the U.S Attorney’s office in Atlanta, Engram began working at the medium-security prison, which holds about 2,000 male inmates, in November 2013.

Authorities say he was arrested in September 2014 by FBI agents after accepting a bribe to smuggle what he believed to be heroin into the prison.

Officials say Engram was sentenced to two years and four months in prison and ordered to spend three years on supervised release.

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