MIDLAND COUNTY, TX (KWES) - A Midland County Jail employee was fired and arrested Thursday morning for pulling a gun on one inmate and indulging others with forbidden favors, officials said.
Brisliy Estrada, 27, is charged with retaliation, a third-degree felony. She worked as a Midland jailer for just under a year, according to friends. Officials have not determined when her "improper behavior" began.
Investigators received "multiple reports of jailer misconduct including smuggling marijuana, cigarettes, cigarette lighters, other tobacco products, Tylenol, soft drinks, candy and different medications," according to Midland County Sheriff Gary Painter.
Estrada is also accused of allowing special privileges for certain inmates, such as use of a jail computer to "watch inappropriate activity on the Internet," he said in a statement to NewsWest 9.
According to the probable cause affidavit, the former jailer let inmates occupy jail cells other than their own, after lock-down, to engage in sexual activity. In addition, the document states Estrada made calls on their behalf to friends and family.
She was arrested after she tried to prevent one inmate from exposing her misconduct by threatening her with a pistol, officials said.
"She's a good person and probably developed friendships with [the inmates]," a source close to the former jailer told NewsWest 9.
He requested to remain anonymous, but added that she "took those friendly bonds too far."
However, a former Midland County Jail inmate said contact between jailers and inmates was minimal during his time behind bars.
"You couldn't even approach their desk," said Leonardo Gallegos, who has since been released and cleared of all charges. "There was a marked line on the floor and you couldn't cross it. If there's anything like [the alleged jailer misconduct] going on, it's out of the ordinary."
He called the Midland facility the "strictest" jail he had ever been to and questioned how Estrada's behavior initially flew under the radar.