Officer arrested for bribery
(Entravision) Salinas, CA. 3/21/14 Dean D. Flippo, Monterey County District Attorney announced today that defendant, Cruz Aguirre, age 28, was convicted of bribery and sentenced to prison for three years by Judge Mark Hood. While working as a correctional officer at the Salinas Valley State Prison in Soledad, California, the defendant systematically smuggled in drugs and cellular phones to inmates for monetary profit over a three month period. For violating his position of authority and trust as a sworn peace officer and public employee, Judge Mark Hood denied the defendant’s request for probation and sentenced him to prison. The case was investigated by the Office of Internal Affairs of the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.