Photo: Mayra A. Rios
DUBLIN— A Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office correctional deputy is being held behind bars inside Alameda County’s Santa Rita Jail. The deputy is accused of smuggling methamphetamine to inmates, while she was working.
Detectives received information in April about drug smuggling at Santa Clara County’s main jail. Mayra A. Rios, 35 of Antioch, became the subject of an extensive investigation, which culminated in her arrest.
Detectives believe that Rios was involved in smuggling meth on behalf of inmates at the Elmwood Correctional Facility in Milpitas. Rios is an imposing person, standing 5 feet tall and weighing 275 pounds.
On July 8, Santa Clara County deputies traveled to Pleasanton, and took Rios into custody at 1 a.m. She was booked on three drug-related charges at Santa Rita Jail at 2:32 a.m.
Rios is being housed in Alameda County rather than at a Santa Clara County jail, due to her work circumstances. Incidentally, Rios has been placed on administrative leave from her job.
A magistrate has been requested to set bond for her release at $1 million. Meanwhile, Rios presently cannot be released on bail, because of her former position of authority and influence. Moreover, she is considered a potential flight risk.
The charges Rios faces are –
Possession of a controlled substance for sale
Transportation of a controlled substance for sale
Bringing a controlled substance into a jail/prison