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Ex-Bexar jailers plead not guilty to drug charges

August 7, 2018

Two former Bexar County jailers have pleaded not guilty to federal charges that they were smuggling methamphetamines into the detention center.

Gabriel Robert Ortiz, 29, and Ruben Hernandez, 26, were indicted July 25 by a federal grand jury on charges that include conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute methamphetamine. Ortiz also is charged with three counts of attempted possession with intent to distribute meth, while Hernandez is separately charged with one count of attempted possession.

The pair’s arraignments were scheduled for today, but their lawyers filed waivers, meaning a not guilty plea is entered and neither has to appear for the hearing.

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The smuggling scheme occurred between May 4 and June 22, according to the FBI, federal prosecutors and Sheriff Javier Salazar. Ortiz and Hernandez were fired, and Salazar referred their case to the FBI public corruption squad, officials said at a news conference.

Guillermo Contreras covers federal court and immigration news in the San Antonio and Bexar County area. Read him on our free site, mySA.com, and on our subscriber site, ExpressNews.com. | gcontreras@express-news.net | Twitter: @gmaninfedland

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