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Atlanta officer thwarts smuggling attempt

Suspect tried smuggling 4 30-packs of beer, 2 loaded handguns into federal prison

By Alexis Stevens
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

ATLANTA — An apparent plan to smuggle contraband cellphones, alcohol and even handguns into the Atlanta Penitentiary was thwarted early Tuesday when an alert Atlanta police officer spotted four men outside the federal prison who appeared to be "up to no good."

The officer was patrolling the area of New Town Circle in southeast Atlanta around 12:30 a.m. when he noticed a white Oldsmobile Alero parked near the fence surrounding the U.S. Penitentiary, Atlanta police Sgt. Greg Lyon said Tuesday afternoon.

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