A federal prison nurse in Florida has been charged with smuggling drugs into prison on drug-laced papers and passing them onto inmates.
Ruben Montanez-Mirabal, 32, made his first appearance in federal court on Friday to face charges that he accepted bribes in exchange for smuggling contraband, including illegal drugs, into the Federal Detention Center in Miami (FDC-Miami) and delivering it to inmates.
Montanez-Mirabal is a licensed registered nurse who has worked for the Federal Bureau of Prisons at FDC-Miami since February 2020.
According to the criminal complaint unsealed yesterday, from November 2021 to August 2002, Montanez-Mirabal smuggled drug-laced legal documents and other prohibited items to inmates at FDC-Miami in exchange for thousands of dollars in bribes and other things of value.
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It is alleged that the documents that Montanez-Mirabal delivered to inmates were sheets of paper that had been soaked in liquids containing illegal drugs, then dried.
The inmates who received the laced paper from Montanez-Mirabal then resold it to other inmates at FDC-Miami, says the complaint.
It is alleged that in addition to money, Montanez-Mirabal accepted other bribes, such as the free use of a Lamborghini and a Rolls-Royce.
The criminal complaint charges Montanez-Mirabal with bribery, providing contraband in prison, and possession with intent to distribute controlled substances.
If convicted, Montanez-Mirabal faces up to 45 years in prison.