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Thursday, Nov 21 2013 05:24 PM

Detentions deputy arrested on suspicion of smuggling contraband into jail


A local detentions deputy was arrested on suspicion of several crimes Thursday after allegedly trying to smuggle tobacco into Lerdo Jail.

Deputies said an investigation into the smuggling of contraband into the jail led them to 50-year-old Leroy Martin Romero, who they determined was bringing contraband into the facility for gang members. Romero was detained when he arrived for work Monday morning, and two packages of contraband tobacco were found on him.

A search warrant served at Romero's home in the 2900 block of Dartmouth Street in northeast Bakersfield turned up two packages of suspected methamphetamine, deputies said. They also found a stolen street sign.

Romero was arrested on suspicion of possession of meth, conspiracy, possession of stolen property and participation in a criminal street gang. Bail was set at $90,000.

Anyone with information regarding this case is asked to call the Kern County Sheriff's Office at 861-3110 or Secret Witness at 322-4040.

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