Ex-Texas Guard Convicted of Contraband Smuggling

Staff Report

The Associated Press

MIDLAND, Texas (AP) - A federal jury in Midland convicted a 21-year-old former prison guard of smuggling contraband to inmates.

Jacob C. Guzman of Pecos was convicted Tuesday of accepting bribes, attempted destruction of evidence and attempted smuggling of contraband to prisoners.

The federal inmates were at the county-owned but privately managed Reeves County Detention Center in Pecos. The prison, owned by Boca Raton, Fla.-based The GEO Group Inc., was the site of inmate riots in December and January.

Guzman faces up to 15 years in prison. Sentencing is Aug. 29.

Prosecutors say Guzman in 2008 accepted $600 from someone in Tennessee to smuggle cell phones, tobacco and MP3 players to an inmate.

Guzman was indicted, along two other former employees, earlier this year.