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Ex-Halawa guard to plead guilty in meth case

Adult Corrections Officer Mark Damas, flanked by arresting offers, after his arrest at Halawa Correctional Facility. Adult Corrections Officer Mark Damas, flanked by arresting offers, after his arrest at Halawa Correctional Facility.

HONOLULU (AP) - A former guard at the Halawa Correctional Facility accused of smuggling methamphetamine into the prison is expected to plead guilty.

Mark Damas is scheduled to change his plea Tuesday in federal court in Honolulu.

Defense attorney Rustam Barbee says Damas is planning to plead guilty to charges involving meth distribution conspiracy and receiving bribes.

A criminal complaint filed in January says he was paid money to smuggle the drugs into the prison to be dealt to inmates. The complaint says he also took bribes to smuggle in other items such as cigarettes, lighters and drug paraphernalia.

State Department of Public Safety spokeswoman Toni Schwartz says Damas was fired from his job in April for bringing contraband into the facility.

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