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

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Prison Employee Arrested for Attempting to Provide Contraband to Prisoners

Federal authorities arrested Ray Alexander Barr, a prison employee at the Central Texas Detention Facility – GEO (GEO), yesterday afternoon for allegedly attempting to provide contraband to an inmate inside the federal detention facility announced United States Attorney Richard L. Durbin, Jr., and Federal Bureau of Investigation Special Agent in Charge Christopher Combs, San Antonio Division.

According to the complaint, Barr, a kitchen supervisor at GEO, a federal pre-trial detention facility in San Antonio, asked several inmates if they wanted contraband smuggled into GEO in return for money.  Barr agreed to smuggle alcohol and ICE methamphetamine into the facility in exchange for money.  Agents arrested Barr immediately after he accepted payment but before he could smuggle in the contraband.

Barr is scheduled for an initial appearance today.

If convicted Barr faces up to 20 years in federal prison and a maximum $250,000 fine.

This case was investigated by deputies with the United States Marshal Service and agents with the Federal Bureau of Investigation.  Assistant United States Attorney Sarah Wannarka is prosecuting this case on behalf of the Government.

A complaint is merely a charge and should not be considered as evidence of guilt.  The defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.


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