Detention Officer Arrested For Attempting To Smuggle Meth And Fentanyl In Jail

Maricopa County Sheriff's Office

A jail guard’s attempt to bring in drugs was shut down by the sheriff at the Lower Buckeye Jail in Phoenix, Arizona.

Maricopa County Sheriff Paul Penzone said a detention officer was arrested for trying to smuggle meth and fentanyl into the Lower Buckeye Jail in Phoenix, Arizona.

Detention officer Andres Salazar faces several felony drug-related charges.

“This was an ongoing investigation,” Penzone said at a press conference on Jan. 11. “This detention officer was hired in October 2019, recently worked with inmates and some folks on the outside, and attempted to bring fentanyl and methamphetamine into the jail.”

“We have strong reason to believe this was his first attempt,” the sheriff said.

“This young man, whatever led him to make this decision, will now not only lose his career but most likely the future that he has for himself is definitely going to be hindered in an adverse way,” Penzone said.



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