Starr County jailer accused of supplying drugs, tobacco to inmates

Noe Canales // Starr County Sheriff'S Office Photo

A Starr County jailer is off the job and facing criminal charges after being accused of supplying illegal drugs and tobacco to inmates in his care.

Starr County Sheriff's Office deputies arrested 65-year-old jailer Rogelio Canales on multiple criminal charges on Monday.

The jailer is facing four counts of prohibited substance in a corrections facility.

Investigators told Action 4 News that Canales was trying to smuggle illegal drugs and tobacco into the jail.

Jail officials allegedly performed a random inspection of a bag belonging to Canales after he arrived at work.

Authorities allegedly found 29 roche pills, 2.1 ounces of marijuana, 8.4 grams of cocaine and 3.8 ounces of tobacco inside his bag.

Court date information was not immediately available but Sheriff Rene Fuentes confirmed that Canales has been fired.

Canales is the fourth Starr County Sheriff's Office employee to be arrested over the past year.

Jailer Noe Rivera was arrested last month or selling crack cocaine from a house.

FBI agents arrested deputies Nazario Solis III and Jason Michael Munsell in July 2012 for taking bribes to protect a local casino.

Solis is also accused of trading drugs for guns that he could send to Mexico.