43 prison guards indicted on bribery, drug trafficking charges in Georgia

More than 40 prison guards and officers in Georgia have been indicted on charges of accepting bribes and drug trafficking.

The arrests Thursday are the latest in a federal effort to crack down on contraband and criminal activity in Georgia prisons. About 130 people - including prison employees, inmates, former inmates and others accused of helping them - have been indicted since September.

The indictments resulting in the Thursday arrests were filed over the last three months.

A majority of those charged were Georgia Department of Corrections officers accused of agreeing to protect a person they believed was a high-level drug trafficker. The indictments say the officers agreed to wear their uniforms during the drug transports to deter law enforcement interference.

The officers charged worked at nine different prisons.
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