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Former USMS Detention Officer Sentenced for Attempt to Provide Contraband in Prison


On August 29, 2023, a former CoreCivic Detention Officer previously assigned to the Cibola County Correctional Center (CCCC), a USMS contract facility in Milan, New Mexico, was sentenced to 24 months of imprisonment followed by 3 years of supervised release for one count of attempt to provide contraband in prison.  Dennis Garcia was sentenced in the District of New Mexico.  According to the factual statement in support of the guilty plea, on February 22, 2021, Garcia knowingly carried a package of methamphetamine into CCCC and concealed it on a shelf with the intent for it to be retrieved by an inmate.  Lab tests confirmed that the package contained 103.5 grams of pure methamphetamine.  The investigation was conducted by the OIG’s El Paso Area Office and the DEA. 

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