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Dallas County jailers accused of smuggling goods to inmates

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Three detention officers who work in the Dallas County jail have been arrested for allegedly sneaking contraband into the jail for inmates.

The investigation started in mid-December when maintenance workers found three packs of cigarettes and a bag of tobacco inside a jail ice machine in the Lew Sterrett jail.

The detention officers are accused of giving inmates banned goods for a price. So far, 13 jailers have been identified as the contraband couriers.

"They were bringing in from anywhere like light things like crayons, cigarettes, tobacco, and other stuff. They did bring in drugs. We are aware and we arrested the three that did bring in drugs," said Dallas County Sheriff Lupe Valdez.

Daniel Botello has been arrested twice and faces two bribery charges. Felica Kisner has been charged with prohibited substances or items in a correctional facility. Margaret Marie Guzman was charged with being a party to the offense of bribery.

All three have resigned or have been fired.  The three are facing second and third degree felony charges. Jailers who did not bring in cigarettes, alcohol, or narcotics will not be fired, according to the sheriff.

"Others that brought in crayons, ribbons and stuff like that are being disciplined," Valdez said.

Some inmates were reportedly making portraits for jailers with the art supplies.

"I'm sure there will be discipline action taken against even supervisors who were not paying attention, 13 people being involved in something should cause some attention so we are looking at all of that," Valdez said.

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