12 guards and 1 food service worker now face charges of smuggling contraband to inmates, an alleged crime that some say was driven by money.
"I think, probably, the motivation for that would be monetary. Some sort of monetary reward they're getting for smuggling those things in there," attorney Robert Hollman told Big 2.
Hollman works down the road from the courthouse where the correction center is located, but he doesn't want to see this sort of corruption anywhere.
"You'd like to think theses are being operated on the up and up and by the same token, you realize there are people running them and if some people see a way they can make and extra dollar, they're gonna do it," Hollman said.
The 13 workers were accused of smuggling in items such as cigarettes, marijuana, cell phones and chargers to inmates.
The accused workers are:
Jovanna Marie Olivarez of Odessa,
According to Hollman, it's not surprising, given the amount of time the guards spend with inmates.
"They go into the cell and they move the prisoners from one place to another and they have pretty much total access to them," Hollman continued.
If convicted, the accused workers could face 15 years in federal prison and maximum fines of $250,000.
It's important to note: This is not the Ector County Jail, rather, it is a privately owned corrections center.