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Wednesday, March 01, 2006

More drug smuggling by guards at Pittsburgh jail

For the second time in two years, a grand jury investigation has snared correctional officers at the Allegheny County Jail.

Eight people, including four guards, were arrested last week after a grand jury handed down presentments detailing how some staff members regularly brought packages of drugs, ranging from tobacco to heroin, to inmates.

The four guards charged in the smuggling, who are now on suspension without pay, were veterans with more than five years of experience, putting them at the top pay grade of $43,700 a year.

Chuck Mandarino, president of the Allegheny County Independent Prison Employees Union, said he had been concerned about hiring practices since the administration of former Warden Calvin Lightfoot started accepting lower test scores from job applicants.

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