Former Jail Guard Pleads Guilty in Drug Case

BROWNSVILLE–A former jail guard took a plea deal in a Brownsville federal courtroom for attempting to bring in narcotics last November to a detention center for federal prisoners.

Christopher Gonzalez, 29, who had been employed at the Willacy County Detention Center as a corrections officer, pleaded guilty to one count of attempting to possess with intent to distribute cocaine.

The charges against Gonzalez are the result of an undercover investigation conducted by the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) and the U.S. Marshals Service initiated last October.

Gonzalez made arrangements with a source to discuss Gonzalez bringing almost two kilograms of cocaine into the Willacy County Detention Center, a little at a time last November.

On Nov. 10, 2010, Gonzalez took possession from an undercover officer of a vehicle containing simulated cocaine hidden inside and received $2,000 as an advance payment for bringing in the first ounce of cocaine into the detention center.

Gonzalez was later stopped by a DPS trooper and the simulated cocaine was seized.

He’ll be sentenced on June 13 and he’s faces a maximum of 40 years in prison when he gets sentenced.

–South Texas Tribune, southtexastribune@gmail.com

Read more at http://www.southtexastribune.com

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