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A prison guard in Texas has been convicted of bribery and attempting to aid an inmate's escape by giving an inmate tacos that contained hacksaw blades. Image from Wikimedia Commons.

A former prison guard has been convicted in Texas of bribery and attempting to aid a prisoner’s escape for giving an inmate a hacksaw disguised as a taco. Alfred Casas could face 30 years behind bars for attempting to help a prisoner escape.

Exchange for contraband meds

Former prison guard Alfred Casas, according to Reuters, has been convicted of two counts of bribery and one count of providing “escape implements” to a prisoner for giving an inmate at the Bexar County Jail what appeared to be a soft taco. However, the tortilla contained hacksaw blades. The inmate in question was being held on murder charges, according to KSAT, an ABC affiliate in San Antonio. Casas faces a up to 30 years for three felony counts; each count of bribery carries a sentence of up to 10 years and aiding a prisoner in an escape attempt also could mean up to 10 years. Casas agreed to give the inmate the hacksaw taco in exchange for Xanax pills.

Inmate had elaborate plan in place

Prisoner Jacob Keller, according to the Daily Mail, also had other items ready for his escape from the Bexar County slammer. Rope and a prison jumpsuit that had been made to resemble street clothes by dyeing it were found in his cell. Casas agreed in 2009 to smuggle the saw-blade tacos in exchange for two bottles of prescription drug Xanax from Keller’s girlfriend. Casas claims he has chronic pain from a back injury. Xanax is not a pain medication. Two other guards at Bexar County were convicted of smuggling contraband in food recently. One guard was found smuggling a cellular phone to an inmate in a box of Ramen noodles, and another guard was found smuggling heroin to a prisoner, also in tacos.

Corruption a chronic problem

There are several other recent cases of guards getting caught smuggling. According to the Washington Examiner, a Washington, D.C., corrections officer pleaded guilty on Monday to taking bribes to smuggle marijuana and cellular phones. An Orleans Parish Sheriff’s Deputy, according to WDSU, an NBC affiliate in New Orleans, was charged this month with 11 counts of smuggling contraband and 11 counts of malfeasance of office when found smuggling tobacco and “Mojo,” a synthetic form of marijuana. Four corrections officers in Georgia, according to CNN, were charged within the last month for smuggling contraband and extorting inmates at the Fulton County Jail.


Reuters: http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/07/27/us-jail-taco-odd-idUSTRE76Q3LS20110727

KSAT: http://www.ksat.com/news/28679807/detail.html

Daily Mail: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2019313/Jail-guard-31-smuggled-hacksaw-blades-soft-tacos-murder-suspect-faces-long-spell-bars.html?ito=feeds-newsxml

Washington Examiner: http://washingtonexaminer.com/blogs/capital-land/2011/07/former-dc-corrections-officer-pleads-bribery

CBS: http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-504083_162-20080626-504083.html

WDSU: http://www.wdsu.com/r/28491138/detail.html

CNN: http://articles.cnn.com/2011-06-30/us/georgia.officers.indicted_1_detention-officers-law-enforcement-officers-inmates?_s=PM:US


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