08/13/2019 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 08/13/2019 17:02
In San Antonio today, a federal judge sentenced 38-year-old former Central Texas Detention Facility - G.E.O. employee Jewel Roberto Jefferson to 40 months in federal prison for attempting to provide contraband to inmates inside the federal detention facility, announced U.S. Attorney John F. Bash, Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Special Agent in Charge Will Glaspy, Houston Division, and U.S. Marshal Susan Pamerleau.
In addition to the prison term, U.S. District Judge Xavier Rodriguez ordered that Jefferson be placed on supervised release for a period of three years after completing his prison term.
On September 11, 2018, Jefferson pleaded guilty to one count of attempting to provide contraband in prison. By pleading guilty, Jefferson admitted that he agreed to smuggle crystal methamphetamine and heroin into the facility and give it to a detainee in exchange for $1,000. On November 21, 2017, DEA agents arrested Jefferson immediately after he accepted payment but before he could smuggle in the contraband.
'Unfortunately, Mr. Jefferson now gets to spend time behind the same bars he once guarded. Crime and corruption have no place in our federal detention facilities, and DEA will continue to work with our partners to aggressively investigate and prosecute these cases,' said DEA SAC Glaspy.
The detainee, 40-year-old Brian Keith Gonzalez was sentenced to 63 months imprisonment on December 12, 2018, for his role in this scheme. He pleaded guilty to the same charge as Jefferson on May 10, 2018.
The DEA and the U.S. Marshals Service investigated this case. Assistant U.S. Attorney Sarah Wannarka prosecuting this case on behalf of the Government.