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Ex-deputy pleads guilty to smuggling ‘meth’ in Bexar County brisket taco sting

January 3, 2019

A former guard at the Bexar County Jail pleaded guilty Wednesday for smuggling an ounce of “methamphetamine” into the lockup.

Ruben Hernandez, 26, admitted he conspired with another jailer, Gilbert Robert Ortiz, 29, who had been involved in the smuggling of contraband into the jail.

Both were fired in July after a sting operation that the Bexar County Sheriff’s Office ran jointly with the FBI and involved the use of cooperating inmates and a benign substance made to look like methamphetamine.

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During the operation, agents recorded Ortiz picking up brisket tacos and an ounce of “meth” in April and May. He also told one of the inmates working with the FBI that Hernandez was also willing to provide contraband.

On the third delivery, Ortiz picked up the tacos and an ounce of “meth” from undercover agents. Ortiz snuck the tacos into the jail, and Hernandez later smuggled in the “meth.”

They split the $2,000 paid for that third trip.

In court Wednesday, Hernandez pleaded guilty to conspiracy to possess with intent to deliver methamphetamine.

Ortiz pleaded guilty in November to the same charge and faces sentencing in February.

Hernandez faces sentencing within 90 days. Both men face up to 20 years in federal prison without parole.

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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