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LA County sheriff's employee busted for bringing heroin to jail

October 1, 2013 3:00:52 PM PDT
An L.A. County Sheriff's Department employee has been arrested for bringing narcotics into a jail facility, authorities said.

Juan Ortiz, a civilian laundry supervisor at Pitchess Detention Center, was arrested Tuesday at 5 a.m. He is accused of being a heroin courier, bringing the drugs to gang members who would then sell them to other inmates, according to L.A. County sheriff's spokesman Steve Whitmore.

Ortiz, 55, has been booked at Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station, where he is being held on $30,000 bail.


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