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Posted: Wednesday, December 10, 2008 12:00 am

A former jail guard who found himself in the klink after DEA agents accused him of accepting bribes to smuggle a cell phone and marijuana for an inmate has been released on bond Wednesday afternoon, Assistant U.S. Attorney John Klassen of the Western District of Texas in Midland said.

Andrew Allen Zehr, 23, was arrested and charged with a single count of bribery Tuesday after investigators claimed that he took a $150 bond from an inmate to sneak in a phone. The complaint also accused Zehr of sneaking in at least two bags of marijuana to the same inmate for a $100 bribe each.

Klassen said Zehr made a $10,000 signature bond at the U.S. Marshals office in Midland.

Zehr was employed by CiviGenics, also known as Community Education Centers, a New Jersey-based private contractor that supplies the guards for several jails in throughout the country, including the Ector County Correctional Center located inside the courthouse.

In a statement e-mailed Wednesday afternoon, CEC/CiviGenics Public Relations Manager Christopher Greeder said the company conducted an internal investigation with the DEA and determined that Zehr was smuggling contraband into the jail. CiviGenics fired him after the investigation.

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