Prison workers in LA County charged with attempted smuggling of drugs

A sheriff’s custody assistant in Los Angeles County has been charged with attempting to bring drugs into the Men’s Central Jail, prosecutors said Tuesday.

Investigators found more than 100 grams of methamphetamine inside Jose Flore’s car, officials from the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office said. The bust happened in November 2018 inside the prison’s parking structure near downtown LA

“Public confidence is eroded when law enforcement officials try to circumvent the law,” Dist. Atty. George Gasc√≥n said in a statement.

Detainees assist in patrolling county jails and monitoring inmates, even if they are not sworn members of the LA County Sheriff’s Department.

Flores was charged with a crime of transporting a controlled substance and attempting to bring an illegal substance into a prison.

It was not immediately clear why Flores was not charged for nearly three years after the bust.

He is scheduled to appear in court in March.

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