Salinas Valley Prison official: No new job for guard in smuggling case

A Soledad state prison guard accused of agreeing to smuggle drugs and cell phones for money has not been given a new job at the facility.

Salinas Valley State Prison spokesman Lt. Mike Nilsson said Monday that no determination has been made regarding the employment of Sergio Javier Noguera — an eight-year officer with the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.

On Wednesday, a day after Noguera’s arrest in Gilroy, state prison Sgt. Kim Traynhan said Noguera was not on administrative leave and had been reassigned to a position outside the secured areas of the facility.

“I wanted to amend some of the information … about [Noguera],” Nilsson said in an e-mail. “He was not re-assigned to a different position or a new job. He is still in [Santa Clara County] jail and this case is still under investigation.”

Nilsson did not say in his e-mail how the mistake came about and did not return messages seeking more information.

Santa Clara County sheriff’s spokesman Sgt. Rick Sung confirmed Monday that Noguera is still in jail. His bail is set at $130,000.

Noguera, 38, of Salinas, was arrested Oct. 26 after he showed up to meet with undercover detectives at Leavesley Road and Highway 101 in Gilroy.

The undercover operation was the result of a six-month investigation between the Santa Clara Sheriff’s Office and CDCR internal affairs unit.

In April, Sung said, an informant told detectives that Noguera had been providing drugs and cell phones to inmates at SVSP.

Officials said Noguera thought he would receive $2,500 at the rendezvous to smuggle in an ounce of methamphetamine, an ounce of heroin, 3.5 ounces of marijuana and four cell phones.

Source: The Californian


2 thoughts on “Salinas Valley Prison official: No new job for guard in smuggling case

  1. Has not been given a new job? Because he’s still being paid for his old one? From the way they do things in the prison personnel system, someone inside must have wanted him out. Someone needs to interview him about the other correctional officers, assistant wardens and whoever else he knew about that was selling contraband inside the Joint. I spent too many years in a prison town. It’s an everyday thing that correctional officers and higher pad their salaries trading contraband.


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