Texas Inmates Escape Prison, Get Caught While Returning with Whiskey and Cellphones

Four Texas prison inmates are facing fresh charges after leaving the grounds of a federal complex before being caught red-handed with phones and whiskey.

An investigation was conducted by the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office and the U.S. Marshals on October 11 after the agencies received reports of prisoners who were continuing to escape from the Federal Correctional Complex Beaumont and return with contraband.

During a late night surveillance operation, authorities spotted four men leaving the prison and cutting through a neighboring ranch at about 10:30 p.m., ABC13 reported, citing a release posted to Facebook on Saturday by the local sheriff's office.

Authorities said the inmates had fled as they saw law enforcement officers approaching. The men were taken into custody and booked for escaping, public information officer Crystal Holmes confirmed.

Deputies noted that the "confiscated contraband included bottles of whiskey and cellphones."

The inmates have been identified as Julian Lemus, 34, Robert Young, 45, Leo Martinez, 25, and Silvestre Rico, 35. "[We] will continue our efforts to work together to make Jefferson County a safer place to live," the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office said.

The Federal Correctional Complex consists of a low-security facility (FCI Beaumont Low), a medium-security facility (FCI Beaumont Medium) and a high-security penitentiary.

Alongside the social media post, law enforcement released an image of the suspects on its website yesterday, showing the four men lined up beside a truck. One man appeared to be carrying a large bag of items, while another man's pockets appeared to be filled.

Last night, 10/11/2019, Jefferson County Sheriff's Office Investigators and the U.S. Marshals conducted surveillance...

Posted by Jefferson County Sheriff's Office-Texas on Saturday, October 12, 2019

Earlier this month, a 41-year-old man called Anthony Safford King, who fled the low security satellite camp in the same Texas complex, was indicted, the Department of Justice said.

King was found to be missing on September 28 and the case remains under investigation. If convicted, King faces an additional five years in federal prison, the DoJ said.

Earlier this year, KFDM reported two inmates, each serving 20 years on federal drug charges, were found to be missing from the Beaumont low-security camp. Alarm bells rang on June 12 after the men, Salvador Garcia, 59 and Victor Luis Pescador, 56, escaped the complex.

According to the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office, the ranch route has been used in the past. In January last year, it said a 25-year-old man called Joshua Hansen had been caught fleeing the prison to pick up a bag that was dropped off at the property a few hours earlier.

"The duffle bag contained three bottles of brandy, one bottle of whisky, multiple bags of Bugler tobacco, packaged snacks, fruit and a large amount of home cooked food," police said, noting the ranch, which sits on private land, is located at the back side of the prison facility.

Federal Correctional Complex Escape
Four Texas prison inmates are facing fresh charges after leaving the grounds of a federal complex before being caught red-handed with cell phones and whiskey. Jefferson County Sheriff's Office