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Humboldt County investigators arrest correctional officer for smuggling drugs to inmates

After a month-long investigation, authorities have arrested a correctional deputy from the Humboldt County Correctional Facility.

Posted: Mar 3, 2021 4:31 PM
Updated: Mar 3, 2021 4:33 PM

HUMBOLDT COUNTY, Calif. - After a month-long investigation, authorities arrested a correctional deputy from the Humboldt County Correctional Facility.

27-year-old Ricardo Tranquilino Aguirre, of Eureka, was taken into custody inside the Correctional Facility for being in possession of a controlled substance while armed, smuggling contraband into a jail, possession of a controlled substance for sales and transportation/sale of a controlled substance, according to the Humboldt County Sheriff's Office.

In February of 2021, the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office received information that Aguirre was involved in smuggling contraband for inmates.

Aguirre had been a correctional deputy with the sheriff’s office since September of 2019 and resigned from his position as of his arrest. There was further evidence that authorities said proved that Aguirre had been smuggling drugs into the facility for the past several months, and he acted alone.

“Correctional Deputies are hired to protect and serve those that are in the care and custody of the Correctional Facility. As members of the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office, we hold ourselves to the highest ethical standards of conduct,” Humboldt County Sheriff William Honsal said. “Ricardo Aguirre’s criminal and disgraceful conduct is the antithesis of the professional standards, ethics and organizational values of the Sheriff’s Office. Mr. Aguirre’s actions do not represent the principles that are the foundation of our organization. He will be held accountable to the fullest extent of the law, and I will be working with the District Attorney to ensure this case is fully prosecuted.”

The investigation is being referred to the District Attorney’s Office for prosecution.

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