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Former guards charged with smuggling drugs into jail

On July 26, two former Texas corrections officers were arrested for allegedly smuggling methamphetamine into the Bexar County Detention Center. The men were indicted by a federal grand jury on July 25.

According to authorities, the defendants, ages 29 and 26, were hired by the Bexar County Sheriff's Office on July 10, 2017. They were still probationary officers when they allegedly took part in a scheme to smuggle drugs into the jail between May 4 and June 22 of this year. The scheme was apparently discovered as the result of a sting operation.

The defendants have been charged with conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute methamphetamine. The 29-year-old has been additionally charged with three counts of attempted possession with the intent to distribute methamphetamine, and the 26-year-old has been additionally charged with one count of attempted possession. During a court hearing, a judge ordered the defendants not to communicate with each other. Both men were released on $50,000 unsecured bonds. As a condition of the bond, the 29-year-old was also ordered not to consume alcohol and to submit to random alcohol screenings. Meanwhile, the 26-year-old was told to limit the amount of alcohol he consumed.

Individuals charged with federal drug crimes face harsh consequences in the event they are convicted. Typical penalties include long prison terms and thousands of dollars in fines. However, defendants could receive a better outcome by hiring a criminal defense attorney to represent their interests in court. An attorney could thoroughly investigate the case and build a strong defense against the prosecution's claims. Legal counsel could also help the defendant obtain a more lenient sentence by negotiating a plea deal if warranted.

Source: My San Antonio, "Sting operation leads to arrest of former guards on charges of smuggling meth into Bexar jail", Guillermo Contreras, July 26, 2018

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