Another former federal detention center employee indicted for bribery
McALLEN, Texas – A 21-year-old resident of Weslaco and former employee of the East Hidalgo Detention Center has been taken into custody, announced U.S. Attorney Ryan K. Patrick.
A McAllen grand jury returned an indictment March 10 charging Amber Estrada. She is expected to make her initial appearance March 16 at 11:30 a.m. before U.S. Magistrate judge Peter E. Ormsby.
According to the charges, federal authorities discovered various forms of contraband approximately January 2019 in the East Hidalgo Detention Center, a correctional facility under contract with the U.S. Marshals Service. The indictment alleges Estrada accepted things of value in exchange for bringing contraband into the detention center while employed as a correctional officer.
She is no longer employed at the facility.
If convicted, Estrada faces up to 15 years in federal prison as well as a possible $250,000 maximum fine.
The U.S. Marshals Service, Department of Justice - Office of Inspector General and FBI conducted the joint investigation.
Assistant U.S. Attorneys Patricia Cook Profit and Amy L. Greenbaum are prosecuting the case.
An indictment is a formal accusation of criminal conduct, not evidence.
A defendant is presumed innocent unless convicted through due process of law.