Following an investigation of corruption in TDCJ’s Beeville unit, thirteen former TDCJ correctional officers have been charged with racketeering and other crimes for allegedly accepting bribes while at work to smuggle in cell phones, drugs, and tobacco to incarcerated gang members.
This was all part of a federal indictment unsealed on Wednesday. The thirteen were part of a group of 32 people–inmates and civilians who are accused of drug trafficking.
Houston U-S Attorney for the Southern District of Texas, Kenneth Magidson, said the matter is the result of a four-year investigation. The gangs involved were the Aryan Circle and Raza Unida gangs. The officers and others are being charged under a law passed in 1969 originally designed to pursue organized East Coast crime families. The former correctional officers were fired from TDCJ before being indicted.
Since the officers are charged with federal crimes, they would not be sentenced to a state prison upon conviction.