EAST ST. LOUIS, Ill. (AP) -- A Jan. 26 sentencing hearing is scheduled for a federal prison inmate in southern Illinois who admits bribing a former guard as part of a scheme to smuggle cigarettes into the lockup.
Twenty-six-year-old Khalat Alama pleaded guilty Friday to charges of conspiracy to bribe a federal official and of bribery.
Authorities say the former Lincoln, Neb., man was serving a 15-year drug sentence at the Greenville prison from October 2009 through May 2011 when he took part in the smuggling plot.
Prosecutors say Alama arranged for people outside the prison to pay former guard Dreaux Perkins to smuggle cigarettes and other contraband into the lockup. Alama then resold the cigarettes.
Perkins has pleaded guilty and awaits sentencing on Dec. 22.