MCSO detention officer arrested, accused of attempting to smuggle fentanyl, meth into jail

Jan 11, 2023, 4:16 PM | Updated: Jan 12, 2023, 7:34 am

(Facebook Screenshot/MCSO)...

(Facebook Screenshot/MCSO)

(Facebook Screenshot/MCSO)

PHOENIX — Maricopa County Sheriff Paul Penzone announced Wednesday a detention officer accused of attempting to smuggle fentanyl and methamphetamine into a jail was arrested.

Andres Salazar, who worked at the Lower Buckeye Jail, had been coordinating with inmates to smuggle the pills into the jail, Penzone said during a press conference.

Penzone believed Salazar was caught on his first smuggling attempt. About 100 pills were found, Penzone said.

“A trusted member of this organization was willing to do something so egregious that it could have cost people their lives,” Penzone said. “That disgusts me.”

Salazar had worked at MCSO since October 2019.

He was booked on one count of possession of use of a narcotic drug, one count of promoting prison contraband and one count of transport for sale.

Lower Buckeye Jail is a 670,000-square-foot facility located near 35th Avenue and Lower Buckeye Road in Phoenix.

It can house 2,427 inmates and was built in 2005.

Penzone said an investigation into the incident is ongoing.

“The strongest statement I can make to you is this — I will never, ever allow for any employee to act in any way that defies the integrity of this office and that endangers the inmate population for whom we are responsible,” Penzone said.

We want to hear from you.

Have a story idea or tip? Pass it along to the KTAR News team here.

Arizona News

(Facebook File Photo/Phoenix Police Department)...

Man riding motorized scooter dead after being hit by vehicle in downtown Phoenix

A local man riding a motorized scooter died on Friday evening after he was struck by a vehicle in downtown Phoenix.

34 minutes ago

Follow @KTAR923...

Lane Park brings bowling, ice curling, more to Old Town Scottsdale

Lane Park, a new upscale entertainment venue in Old Town Scottsdale, is now open. The spaces features games, music, food, drinks and more.

2 hours ago

The Wildcat Fire burning north of the Valley and west of the Bartlett Lake Reservoir. (Inciweb Phot...

Firefighters nearing full containment on Wildcat Fire burning north of Phoenix

Firefighters are nearing full containment on the Wildcat Fire burning north of Phoenix. The fire is 84% contained as of Saturday morning.

5 hours ago

Sewer line piping near the Ocotillo Water Reclamation Facility will be rehabilitated over the next ...

Damon Allred

City of Chandler to begin sewer line rehabilitation along Price Road this summer

Chandler City Council awarded service agreements on Friday that will ensure the rehabilitation of sewer line piping along Price Road.

7 hours ago

Salt River Flats: Phoenix affordable housing development opens...

Serena O'Sullivan

Maricopa County opens Salt River Flats development in south Phoenix

Maricopa County officials celebrated the grand opening of Salt River Flats, which has nearly 200 affordable housing units, on Thursday.

8 hours ago

Federal Pizza, which opened in uptown Phoenix more than a decade ago, is set to expand in 2025. (Gr...

Brandon Brown/Phoenix Business Journal

Federal Pizza joins tenant lineup for Paradise Valley Mall renovation

Upward’s Federal Pizza will open a second location in the upcoming Paradise Valley Mall renovation project.

9 hours ago

Sponsored Articles


Sanderson Ford

3 new rides for 3 new road trips in Arizona

It's time for the Sanderson Ford Memorial Day sale with the Mighty Fine 69 Anniversary, as Sanderson Ford turned 69 years old in May.


Condor Airlines

Condor Airlines can get you smoothly from Phoenix to Frankfurt on new A330-900neo airplane

Adventure Awaits! And there's no better way to experience the vacation of your dreams than traveling with Condor Airlines.


Midwestern University

Midwestern University Clinics: transforming health care in the valley

Midwestern University, long a fixture of comprehensive health care education in the West Valley, is also a recognized leader in community health care.

MCSO detention officer arrested, accused of attempting to smuggle fentanyl, meth into jail