St. Joseph prison guard pleads guilty in drug case

08/20/2013 8:07 AM

08/20/2013 8:09 AM

A guard at a state prison in St. Joseph has pleaded guilty to intending to distribute drugs at the prison.

Debora Allen, 50, a guard at the Western Reception, Diagnostic and Correctional Center, told a judge Monday that she smuggled methamphetamine and marijuana into the prison after she was threatened by a white supremacist group. She says the men also offered her $300 but didn't pay her anything.

The St. Joseph News-Press reports that Allen was caught trying to smuggle the drugs in her sports bra.

Rebecca Thomas, an assistant Buchanan County prosecutor, said the state believed other factors, including some possible relationships, were factors in Allen's actions.

Allen will sentenced Sept. 30.


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