Prison Guard Charged with Smuggling Drugs

Prison Guard Charged with Smuggling Drugs

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(Salt Lake City-AP) -- A man who has spent 27 years working as a prison guard for the Utah Department of Corrections has been charged with smuggling drugs to inmates.

Odesser Thompson turned himself in on Sunday. He was charged Tuesday with a single felony drug distribution charge.

He was caught in an undercover sting after an inmate informed on him.

Authorities set up an undercover drug buy at the state prison in Draper. Odesser allegedly provided marijuana to the undercover informant.

He has since left his job at the prison.

(Copyright 2003 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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