Two former Bexar County detention guards arrested for allegedly smuggling meth to inmates

Ruben Hernandez and Gabriel Ortiz are former Bexar County jail guards who are charged with trying to smuggle meth to inmates (Photos provided by Bexar County Sheriff's Office)

Two former detention guards face federal charges of trying to smuggle meth to inmates at the Bexar County Jail, the United States Attorney's Office announced on Thursday.

The former guards worked at the Bexar County Adult Detention Center and were arrested on Thursday. A federal indictment unsealed Thursday charges 29-year-old Gabriel Robert Ortiz and 26-year-old Ruben Hernandez with one count of conspiracy to possession with intent to distribute meth. Hernandez is also charged with three counts of attempted possession with with intent to distribute meth, according to a news release.

Sheriff Javier Salazar said he was "extremely disappointed" by the arrests. He said the Bexar County Sheriff's Office was tipped off to the alleged activity and he made the decision to report the tip to the FBI's public corruption task force.

Salazar said a sting operation was set up in late June and Ortiz and Hernandez were terminated the same day. Their arrests were carried out on Thursday and were scheduled to appear before a federal judge on Thursday afternoon.

The indictment states that they carried out their scheme from May 4 to June 22. If convicted they face up to 20 years in prison.

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