Ex-officer says she snuck tobacco into prison

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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) – A former training officer at the Federal Correctional Institution in Talladega has pleaded guilty to charges of bribery and introducing contraband into the federal prisons.

Pleading guilty Tuesday before U.S. District Judge Sharon Lovelace Blackburn was 41-year-old Belinda Keith of Talladega.

Authorities say Keith admitted that between October 2010 and October 2011 she accepted bribes from an inmate to bring tobacco products into the prison.

Keith said she brought 31 bags of tobacco to a certain inmate during that time in exchange for between $2,500 and $4,000. Keith communicated by cell phone and text message with relatives of the inmate to coordinate the payment, according to U.S. Attorney Joyce White Vance and Teresa Gulotta-Powers, special agent in charge of the Miami field office of the U.S. Justice Department.

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