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Feds accuse prison guards of taking bribes, drug trafficking

More than 40 prison guards and officers in Georgia have been indicted on charges of accepting bribes and drug trafficking, the latest in a federal effort to crack down on contraband and criminal activity in the state's prisons.

Since September, about 130 people — including prison employees, inmates, former inmates and others accused of helping them — have been indicted.

The indictments resulting in the Thursday arrests were filed over the last three months and unsealed Wednesday.

A majority of those charged were Georgia Department of Corrections officers accused of agreeing to protect a person they believed was a high-level drug trafficker. The indictments...

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