Inmate Draws More Time in Smuggling Scheme

EAST ST. LOUIS, Ill. (AP) – A federal prison inmate has been ordered to spend an additional two and a half years behind bars for his role in a scheme to smuggle cigarettes into a southern Illinois lockup.

Twenty-seven-year-old Khalat Alama was sentenced Thursday in U.S. District Court in East St. Louis. That’s where he had pleaded guilty to bribery and conspiracy charges.

Authorities say Alama was in a federal prison in Greenville when he enlisted former guard Dreaux Perkins to smuggle cigarettes into the prison in exchange for cash.

Perkins also was sentenced earlier this month to 30 months in prison. He pleaded guilty to bribery and fraud charges, as well as to lying to the FBI.

Alama was serving a 15-year federal prison sentence on a methamphetamine conviction.

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