Bribery: 13 ex-prison workers in Texas indicted

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Associated Press

Posted on January 30, 2013 at 3:32 PM

MIDLAND, Texas (AP) — Thirteen former West Texas federal prison workers have been indicted in a bribery and smuggling investigation.

Prosecutors say an indictment unsealed Wednesday in Midland names a dozen former guards at the Ector County Correctional Center in Odessa. An ex-food service worker has also been indicted.

All 13 suspects were arrested Wednesday on bribery counts related to banned items smuggled to inmates in the federal detention facility. Investigators say the contraband included cellphones, charges, tobacco and marijuana. The cases go back to 2011.

The defendants are from Odessa, Austin, Monahans, Andrews and Crane.

A bribery conviction carries a maximum penalty of 15 years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000.

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