Two guards from the Lorton Correctional Complex said in federal court in Alexandria yesterday that they accepted bribes of up to $300 for delivering drugs to inmates.

Marlon Epps, 28, pleaded guilty to conspiracy and accepting a bribe, admitting in court papers filed yesterday that he and a second guard took $300 for delivering a small quantity of marijuana and two music cassettes to an inmate in mid-April.

Rigoberto Godoy, 31, pleaded guilty to one bribery charge for accepting $300 to deliver a packet of marijuana to an inmate. Godoy never delivered the drugs, and said in court papers that from the beginning "he intended to rip the inmate off and just keep the money."

Epps and Godoy were among seven guards named in a series of indictments handed up in June, alleging that crack, powder cocaine and marijuana were being smuggled into the Lorton complex by guards and a parole officer. The other cases are still pending.

Walter B. Ridley, director of the D.C. Department of Corrections, said yesterday that "the department will not be tolerant of drug use in the workplace." In a recent speech before the D.C. Council's Judiciary Committee, he noted that there is only "a small percentage of employees who, for reasons both job-related and personal, succumb to the perils of substance abuse."

Epps, of Capitol Heights, faces a maximum prison term of 20 years. Godoy, of the District, could be sentenced to no more than 15 years. U.S. District Judge James C. Cacheris set sentencing for Oct. 19.

Both men, who were released on bond and have agreed to cooperate in the prosecution of other guards indicted recently, were turned in by an inmate who became an informant for the FBI in hopes of reducing his prison time, according to court documents and sources.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Debra S. Straus told the court yesterday that Epps approached an inmate about deals whereby he would receive money and drugs "from the inmate's contacts on the street for delivery into the prison."

As a show of good faith, Epps gave the inmate some marijuana and a phone number where he could be reached, court papers showed.

When Epps was phoned by an FBI agent posing as the inmate's friend, Epps said, "Whatever you want me to bring him, that would be no problem," court papers show. Epps and another officer charged in the case met with undercover agents at Springfield Mall, where agents handed over $300 to be used to buy drugs and pay for delivery inside Lorton.

Four days later, Epps passed a small packet of marijuana to the inmate, court papers said.

Godoy admitted in his plea agreement that he gave an inmate his home phone number and a paging number where he could be contacted to set up drug deals. When the inmate called, a meeting at Union Station was arranged between Godoy and the inmate's wife.

"The meeting was for the defendant to receive money as payment to him and marijuana to bring to the inmate in the Lorton facility," court papers state.

Godoy also asked about the possibility of obtaining "a large quantity of cocaine from {the inmate's} brother in New York," according to Godoy's plea. Godoy admitted that when he met with an undercover FBI agent posing as the inmate's wife, he was given $300 and a package of marijuana to deliver to the inmate.

The defendant never delivered the drugs. Godoy said he told the inmate "that because the cocaine deal anticipated with the inmate's brother did not materialize, he had been embarrassed in front of his people."

In fact, Godoy said yesterday, according to court papers, that he never intended to deliver the drugs.