Former corrections officers admit to drug trafficking in Beeville prison
April 2, 2013 at 9:03 p.m.
Updated April 1, 2013 at 11:02 p.m.
Three Crossroads residents were among seven former prison workers who pleaded guilty Tuesday after federal authorities investigated racketeering at the McConnell Unit in Beeville.
Christy Nesloney, 27, of Cuero, and Kimberly Koenig, 32, of Victoria, pleaded guilty to one count of racketeering. The former correction officers also admitted to acts of bribery and drug trafficking inside and outside the prison system.
Not charged in the racketeering count was former correction officer Jamar Green, 29, of Refugio, who pleaded guilty to possession with intent to distribute ecstasy.
A sentencing hearing for the seven who pleaded guilty Tuesday is set for June 24.
Nesloney and Koenig were arrested along with 30 other people in late February as part of a combined effort among the Texas Department of Criminal Justice, Homeland Security and other federal agencies. The groups say they are breaking a "culture of corruption" that has permeated the McConnell Unit since 2005, according to a news release.
The four-year investigation started after Aryan gang members were apprehended by Corpus Christi police attempting to smuggle stolen vehicles across the border to Mexican cartel members. The operation was coordinated by inmates incarcerated at the McConnell Unit through the use of illegal cellphones.
Assistant U.S. Attorneys Mark Patterson and Michael Hess are prosecuting the case.