Booze run from behind bars: Inmates escape from Texas federal prison, return with whiskey

Adrianna Rodriguez, USA TODAY

Four inmates from a Texas federal prison were caught after they escaped and returned with whiskey and cellphones, officials said.

The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office said investigators began conducting surveillance behind the Federal Prison Complex in Beaumont, Texas, about 90 miles east of Houston, after receiving reports that inmates were leaving to bring back contraband.

At around 10:30 p.m. Friday, four men were seen leaving the prison grounds and cutting through a neighboring ranch. Officers hiding in the brush stepped out and chased the inmates, who were caught and taken into custody by the U.S. Marshals Service. 

The men, identified as Julian Lemus, 34, Robert Young, 45, Leo Martinez, 25, and Silvestre Rico, 35, were booked into the LaSalle Correctional Facility on charges of escape.

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Marshals confiscated bottles of whiskey and cellphones from the four men. 

The Jefferson County Sheriff's Office said it will continue to work with the U.S. Marshals Service "to make Jefferson County a safer place to live." 

Authorities didn’t reveal any further information, including why the men were in prison.

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