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Ex-Halawa guard to be sentenced for meth smuggling

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

HONOLULU (AP) - A former guard at the Halawa Correctional Facility is being sentenced for smuggling methamphetamine into the prison.

Mark Damas is scheduled to be sentenced Monday in federal court in Honolulu.

He pleaded guilty in July to charges involving meth distribution conspiracy and receiving bribes. Damas told the judge he got drugs from the outside and delivered them to inmates inside the prison. He says he accepted at least $5,000 in bribes.

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

Damas faces a mandatory minimum sentence of five years in prison.

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