- Associated Press - Tuesday, October 13, 2015

NEW YORK (AP) - A former New York City jail guard convicted last year of smuggling and selling drugs on Rikers Island has been sentenced to 41 months in prison.

A judge handed down the term to 33-year-old Austin Romain in Manhattan federal court Tuesday.

Agents with the city Department of Investigation and federal Drug Enforcement Administration found Romain was paid $11,000 in bribes in the scheme.

Authorities say the Brooklyn man smuggled marijuana, tobacco and other contraband to inmates who sold it to fellow inmates.

In a statement, U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara (buh-RAH’-rah) called Romain a “jailhouse drug dealer.” He said his office would continue pursuing corruption in New York lockups.

DOI Commissioner Mark Peters said Romain compromised the safety of the jail.

An attorney for Romain declined to comment.


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