Sting Operation Leads to the Arrest of Former Deputies on Charges of Smuggling Meth into Bexar Jail

Two ex-Bexar County Detention officers who were arrested on Thursday on federal charges have been indicted in an arrangement to smuggle methamphetamine to inmates in a Texas jail.

In an indictment opened on Thursday, 29-year-old Gabriel Robert Ortiz and 26-year-old Ruben Hernandez were indicted by a federal grand jury in San Antonio on multiple charges that include conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute methamphetamine. Ortiz is also charged with three counts of attempted possession with intent to distribute meth, while Hernandez is separately charged with one count of attempted possession.

According to Bexar County Sheriff Javier Salazar, the agency got an information that the two deputies may have been part of an illegal activity and authorities set up a “sting operation” within the jail.

The smuggling scheme happened for close to a month, between May 4 and June 22, and the arrests were the result of a sting operation, officials said at a news conference headed by U.S. Attorney John Bash; Christopher Combs, FBI special agent in charge in San Antonio; and Sheriff Javier Salazar.

The arrests come as the sheriff’s office has seen lots of incidents involving jail personnel, and came the same day that another probationary jailer, Libmar Rodriguez, 35, was arrested by San Antonio Police on a charge of DWI. He was hired Sept. 11, 2017.

According to the sheriff, the two deputies committed “various crimes” but refused to comment further on the details of the case.

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