On Saturday, July 4th, 2015 Geraldo Beltran-Torres, age 20, from Mexico, was transferred to the Pinal County Sheriff’s Jail from the Kingman private prison, contracted with the Department of Corrections. Beltran-Torres is currently serving a four year prison sentence for Possession of a Dangerous Drug.
The Pinal County Sheriff’s Jail currently has 380 prison inmates that were transferred into their custody after the riots which occurred at the Kingman private prison facility.
During the transfer process, PCSO K-9s were used to detect any contraband coming into the jail as well as strip searches were conducted on each prisoner.
On Tuesday, July 7th, 2015 at 5:10 p.m. a Pinal County Sheriff’s Detention Officer was conducting routine cell checks. As the detention officer looked into a cell window, he observed inmate Beltran drop something onto the ground and then pick it up and place it underneath his mattress. The detention officer confronted Beltran about what he put under his mattress and Beltran said, “Nothing it’s just trash.”
As the detention officer began to look underneath the mattress, Beltran quickly put something into his mouth and then swallowed and started to gag. While medical attention was on its way, Beltran was able to completely swallow the object.
A check underneath the mattress revealed one plastic baggie with 31 smaller plastic baggies inside of it. Inside of each of smaller bags was methamphetamines. The drugs weighed a total of 16.9 grams.
Beltran was transported to a local hospital to be treated the possible ingestion of the drugs and then he was transported back to the Pinal County Jail. New charges will be filed against him for Possession of a Dangerous Drug and Promoting of Prison Contraband.
Sheriff Paul Babeu said, “We can’t allow contraband of drugs and weapons into our Jail. This criminal likely ingested or had the drugs hidden inside his body when being processed through our intake. Drugs are as valuable as diamonds inside prisons and this large amount of methamphetamine clearly came with this prisoner from Kingman. Other facilities holding these prisoners should be on alert for methamphetamine and other contraband possibly smuggled into their secure facilities.”