Former prison guard pleads guilty to tobacco smuggling attempt

The first of several former prison guards accused of smuggling or attempting to smuggle contraband items to inmates pleaded guilty Thursday.

Lance D. Driggers, 25, pleaded guilty in Richmond County Superior Court to one count of criminal attempt to commit the crime of trading with inmates. Judge Carl C. Brown Jr. imposed a sentence of two and a half years on probation under the First Offender Act.

Driggers was caught on Feb. 7 at the Augusta State Medical Prison with four quart-size and two gallon-size bags of loose tobacco and 15 packages of cigarette rolling papers, Assistant District Attorney Falin Syms said.

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