Ex-Guard At For-Profit Jail Sentenced In Corruption Case


A former guard accused of smuggling contraband to inmates at the East Hidalgo Detention Center will spend 2 years in prison for her misdeeds.

A McAllen federal judge handing down that punishment Thursday against 22-year-old Amber Marie Estrada who’d been indicted for bribery a little more than a year ago. Estrada was among 7 staffers at the jail in La Villa who were arrested, including her mother.

Estrada was found to have smuggled marijuana and food to the federal detainees, in exchange for cash and gifts. According to the Progress Times, one of those gifts was a horse.

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