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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Western District of Texas

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, July 26, 2018

Federal Authorities Arrest Two Former Bexar County Jail Guards for Conspiring to Smuggle Contraband to Inmates

In San Antonio today, two former detention officers at the Bexar County Adult Detention Center (BCADC) face federal charges for their alleged scheme to smuggle methamphetamine to inmates, announced United States Attorney John F. Bash; FBI Special Agent in Charge Christopher Combs, San Antonio Division, and Bexar County Sheriff Javier Salazar.

A four count federal grand jury indictment unsealed today charges 29–year-old Gabriel Robert Ortiz and 26–year-old Ruben Hernandez with one count of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute methamphetamine.  Ortiz is also charged with three substantive counts of attempted possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine.  Hernandez is also charged with one substantive count of attempted possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine

The indictment alleges that the defendants carried out their alleged scheme from May 4, 2018, until June 22, 2018.

Upon conviction, the defendants face up to 20 years in federal prison. 

The FBI and the Bexar County Sheriff’s Office is investigating this case.  Assistant United States Attorney Greg Surovic is prosecuting this case on behalf of the Government.

It is important to note that a federal grand jury indictment is merely a charge and should not be considered as evidence of guilt.  The defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law

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Public Corruption
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Updated July 26, 2018