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Nurse working in federal prison arrested for smuggling drugs to inmates

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(BROWARD COUNTY, Florida)– The United States Department of Justice has said a South Florida nurse working in a federal prison allegedly brought drugs to inmates in exchange for cash and cars.

A federal inmate flipped on the nurse who had been supplying the inmates with a cell phone and drugs in Miami’s Federal Detention Center, to bargain for reduced sentencing.

The nurse, Ruben Montanez-Mirabal, 32, was arrested Wednesday on charges of bribery and possessing contraband, controlled substances, and conspiracy.

Montanez-Mirabal had worked as a registered nurse in Miami’s federal prison since February 2020, but between November 1st, 2021, and August 24th he became a drug runner.

While Montanez-Mirabal was paid in cash, he was also given access to expensive vehicles, such as a Rolls Royce and a Lamborghini, that the inmate’s associates supplied.

Montanez-Mirabal is being held in the Broward County Jail without bond pending his federal court appearance.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Edward N. Stamm is prosecuting the case while the FBI and Department of Justice are investigating.