D.C. prison guard arrested on bribery charges

A D.C. corrections officer was charged in federal court this week with accepting bribes to smuggle cigarettes, a cellphone and other contraband to an inmate.

Darren Malry, 51, was arrested Monday after he allegedly took cash from an undercover FBI agent in exchange for delivering contraband to an inmate at the D.C. Correctional Treatment Facility.

Malry, a Laurel resident employed by the private firm Corrections Corporation of America, pleaded not guilty during an appearance in U.S. District Court on Tuesday.

According to charging documents, Malry met twice with an undercover agent in a Greenbelt shopping center. At their first meeting, court papers say the agent handed Malry a cellphone, cigarettes and rolling papers, in addition to $750 in cash. The FBI recovered the items from the inmate soon after Malry delivered them to the jail cell, according to the U.S. Attorney’s office.

At their next meeting, Malry was arrested after the agent handed him cash, cigarettes and packages with a substance that resembled marijuana.

Malry’s attorney was not immediately available to comment.

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Ann covers legal affairs in the District and Maryland for the Washington Post. Ann previously covered state government and politics in California, New Hampshire and Maryland. She joined the Post in 2005.
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