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Halawa prison guards arrested

January 27, 2014
The Associated Press

HONOLULU (AP) - The FBI says a guard at the Halawa Correctional Facility has been arrested on suspicion of smuggling methamphetamine into the Oahu prison.

FBI Special Agent Tom Simon said 45-year-old Mark Damas was arrested Sunday at his job. He's being charged with conspiracy to distribute and possessing with the intent to distribute meth.

The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported that Damas is in federal custody pending a court appearance in U.S. District Court today.

He is the second guard this month to face charges for allegedly smuggling meth into the prison.

James Sanders III pleaded not guilty Jan. 13 to charges related to smuggling meth into the prison and also bribery.



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