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Guard Among 6 Accused Of Smuggling Items Into Nevada Prison

LAS VEGAS (AP) — State corrections officials say a former guard is among six people accused of conspiring to smuggle cellphones and drugs into a prison in southern Nevada.

Prisons spokeswoman Brooke Keast said Thursday that charges haven't been filed while the investigation involving Southern Desert Correctional Center in Indian Springs continues.

The guard, 41-year-old Michael James, was arrested Jan. 19 on suspicion of bribery, misconduct of a public officer and knowing about or supplying a phone to a prisoner charges.

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He's free on $11,000 bail and isn't employed as a guard anymore. It's not clear if he has a lawyer.

A prisons statement says investigators recovered two cell phones inside, and 16 cellphones outside the prison.

Cellphones are banned because officials believe they can be used to plot prison uprisings or escapes.