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Former prison guard faces felony charges

A former Phil­adelphia pris­on guard is fa­cing fed­er­al felony charges after he al­legedly tried to de­liv­er drugs, ci­gar­ettes and mo­bile tele­phones to in­mates in ex­change for cash.

Di­on Re­id, 35, tried to smuggle the con­tra­band in­to the Phil­adelphia In­dus­tri­al Cor­rec­tion Cen­ter at 8301 State Road last May, ac­cord­ing to a grand jury in­dict­ment re­leased on Tues­day by the U.S. At­tor­ney’s Of­fice. Re­id is charged with two counts of hon­est ser­vices fraud for dis­obey­ing the Phil­adelphia Pris­on Sys­tem’s policies and pro­ced­ures, as well as two counts of pos­sess­ing con­trolled sub­stances with in­tent to dis­trib­ute.

He has been dis­missed from his job with the pris­on sys­tem.

“De­fend­ant Di­on Re­id used his po­s­i­tion and au­thor­ity as a pris­on guard with­in the Phil­adelphia Pris­on Sys­tem to ob­tain cash pay­ments in ex­change for smug­gling con­tra­band, in­clud­ing ci­gar­ettes, cel­lu­lar tele­phones, marijuana and Al­prazolam (com­monly known as Xanex), in­to the PPS,” the in­dict­ment states.

The char­ging doc­u­ment claims that Re­id ex­changed text mes­sages with an in­mate on May 28. After the in­mate re­ques­ted an up­date on the de­liv­ery of the con­tra­band, Re­id al­legedly replied, “Yeah, i got u homie!”

In an­oth­er com­mu­nic­a­tion, the in­mate al­legedly texted to Re­id, “We tryna flood da whole max side,” mean­ing that the in­mate wanted con­tra­band for the max­im­um se­cur­ity sec­tion of the pris­on.

Re­id also made tele­phone calls to people out­side the pris­on to ar­range to pick up cash pay­ments on be­half of the in­mate, the in­dict­ment states.

If con­victed, Re­id faces a pos­sible 50-year pris­on sen­tence and $1 mil­lion fine. ••

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