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Former prison guard convicted

A former prison guard at Litla-Hraun, Iceland’s maximum security prison, was given a six-month suspended prison sentence for drug smuggling, money laundering and violating work codes at the District Court of South Iceland yesterday.

The man, who is in his early twenties, worked at the prison as a substitute prison guard during summer vacations, ruv.is reports.

Police had confiscated ISK 210,000 (USD 3,300, EUR 2,400), 34 grams of amphetamine and 250 grams of cannabis, which led to the man’s arrest.

The former prison guard admitted to having received the illegal substances from a man in Reykjavík and had planned to give them to a prisoner at Litla-Hraun.

The former prison guard claimed in court he had been pressured from the convicts at Litla-Hraun and had feared for his safety. He said it had not been his intention to make money out of the drug smuggling.

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