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Prison guard indicted for smuggling contraband to inmates

A former city prison guard was indicted today on charges that he smuggled drugs, cigarettes and cell phones into a prison and sold them to a prisoner last May.

Prison guard indicted for smuggling contraband to inmates

A former city prison guard was indicted today on charges that he smuggled drugs, cigarettes and cell phones into a prison in a scheme to sell them to prisoners last May.

Dion Reid, 35, of Philadelphia, was charged with two counts each of honest services fraud and possession with intent to distribute a controlled substance after he allegedly plotted to take cash from a prisoner in exchange for marijuana, Xanax pills, tobacco and cell phones, according to the indictment. If convicted, he faces up to 50 years in prison and a $1 million fine.

"Yeah, i got u homie!" Reid texted to one inmate's contraband cell phone at the Philadelphia Industrial Correctional Center, according to the indictment.

"We tryna flood da whole max side," an inmate texted Reid, meaning he wanted contraband items for the prison's maximum-security section.

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