Webb County jail guard caught smuggling drugs into jail
Jul 15, 2009
Jul 16, 2009
A correctional officer at the Webb county jail is behind bars right now after allegedly smuggling drugs for inmates. Juan de Dios Munoz, a Webb county correctional officer hired back in 2006, was allegedly smuggling marijuana and a cell phone into the county jail. Munoz is currently being charged with two counts of introducing contraband into the jail. Those charges carry a maximum penalty of three years in prison and a ten thousand dollar fine. According to investigators Munoz has been smuggling drugs for three months. And he was being paid around one hundred to one hundred and fifty dollars every time he smuggled drugs. But this is not the only case at the Webb County jail. \Martin Cuellar, Webb County Sheriff: " We have developed some information on other employees, on people bringing in, and on methods of bringing drugs in the facility." According to the sheriff, Munoz had no idea how many drugs he brought in because he was provided with the drugs already hidden inside items like a box of cigarettes. The sheriff says he is already taking new measures when he hires new correctional officers. " We want to make sure that we do a thorough background investigation of people that we hire to make sure they are not set as a weakness." The sheriff says he is committed to stopping this problem from happening but it's impossible to stop all contraband coming into the jail. Right now this case continues to be under investigation. According to Sheriff Cuellar there are several other cases they are looking into of jailers smuggling drugs.