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Indictment: Guard smuggled drugs to federal prison inmates

September 18, 2018

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — A former corrections officer who allegedly smuggled drugs to inmates at a federal prison and used some of the cash he was paid to gamble in Atlantic City has been indicted on bribery charges and other counts.

Federal prosecutors say Paul Wright allegedly received the drugs and cash in 2015 from two people outside the prison who had ties to separate inmates. The 32-year-old Berlin man allegedly smuggled in tobacco, synthetic marijuana and suboxone, a drug used to treat opioid addiction.

The indictment handed up Tuesday charges Wright with two counts each of agreeing to accept and accepting bribes. He also faces two counts of violating the travel act and one count of providing contraband to an inmate.

It wasn’t known Tuesday if Wright has retained an attorney.

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