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Ex guard at Ill. federal prison admits smuggling

EAST ST. LOUIS, Ill. (AP) - A former guard at a federal prison in southern Illinois faces up to three years behind bars now that he's admitted taking thousands of dollars in bribes to smuggle cigarettes to a prisoner.

Twenty-6-year-old Dreaux Perkins of Greenville pleaded guilty Thursday in East St. Louis to five federal charges.

Perkins admitted accepting cash and cigarettes from inmate Khalat Alama's relatives or an intermediary, then smuggling the smokes into the federal lockup in Greenville. Authorities say Alama resold the cigarettes.

Perkins acknowledged lying to an FBI agent when he denied the smuggling and got a $2,000 bribe that he then lost at a casino.

Twenty-6-year-old Alama is serving a 15-year sentence on a drug charge.

He has pleaded not guilty in the smuggling case.

Perkins' sentencing is set for Dec. 22.

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