BCSO deputy arrested for trying to smuggle drugs into jail, sheriff says

Marijuana, synthetic marijuana found in deputy’s car

Pictured is Kolbe Counts-Ramirez, 21. (KSAT/BCSO)

SAN ANTONIO – A Bexar County sheriff’s deputy was arrested after attempting to smuggle marijuana into the Bexar County Jail, Sheriff Javier Salazar said in a press conference Sunday morning.

An inmate was caught speaking in code on a phone call, which led deputies to discover an operation to smuggle drugs into the jail, Salazar said.

An investigation revealed the deputy had marijuana and synthetic marijuana in his car, outside of the jail.

Kolbe A. Count Ramirez, 21, was arrested on three charges, which include criminal conspiracy to commit substances in a correctional facility , possession of a controlled substance, and possession of marijuana.

Ramirez is the sixth BCSO deputy arrested this year.

His arrest comes only a few days after another deputy, Ivan Torres, was arrested for injuring an inmate.

Torres pushed an inmate to the ground causing him to hit a bed, which left lacerations across the inmates face, BCSO officials said.

He was charged with official oppression and assault bodily injury.

In 2019, another deputy was arrested along with three members of the Texas Mexican Mafia for drug possession and bribery charges.

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Camelia Juarez is a news reporter at KSAT 12. She joined the station in 2022. Camelia comes from a station in Lubbock, Texas. Now, she is back in her hometown. She received her degree from Texas State University. In her free time, Camelia enjoys thrifting, roller-skating and spending time with family and friends.

Before starting at KSAT in August 2011, Ken was a news photographer at KENS. Before that he was a news photographer at KVDA TV in San Antonio. Ken graduated from San Antonio College with an associate's degree in Radio, TV and Film. Ken has won a Sun Coast Emmy and four Lone Star Emmys. Ken has been in the TV industry since 1994.