Feds: Prison guards tried to smuggle drugs in for gang

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) – Federal authorities say they’ve disrupted a gang, including prison guards, selling drugs inside Virginia state prisons.

Federal law enforcement officials said Friday that they’ve charged 20 members and associates of the Mad Stone Bloods with racketeering and other charges.

ed3d1f9f13af4d05afe66c8cf4973ad2Prosecutors say three former employees at the Department of Corrections who were members or associates of the gang conspired to smuggle drugs into Virginia prisons.

Authorities say a fourth former Department of Corrections employee who worked as an inmate counselor smuggled contraband in for a gang leader with whom she had a sexual relationship.

The Mad Stone Bloods is a multistate gang whose leaders are based in New York, according to prosecutors. Court records do not indicate if those charged Friday have attorneys.

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