Inmate serving term for drug trafficking missing from minimum security satellite camp

An inmate has walked away from the minimum security satellite camp at the Taft Correctional Institution for the second time in two weeks.

TCI officials announced Monday that Ricardo Garcia-Esquer, 29, serving time for a cocaine trafficking conviction, was missing when staff conducted a count at the prison Saturday morning at 11:20 a.m.

Garcia-Esquer arrived at the Taft Correctional Institution Satellite Camp on December 20, 2012. His projected release date was October 9, 2016.

He was convicted of possession of cocaine with intent to distribute.

Garcia-Esquer is described as a white male of Hispanic origin, He is 5’11” tall and weighs approximately 180 lbs. He has black hair and brown eyes and has no tattoos or scars. There is no employment information available for Garcia-Esquer prior to his incarceration.

Prison officials notified Taft Police Department, Bakersfield Police Department, Kern County Sheriff’s Department, California Highway Patrol, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Federal Bureau of Prisons, and United States Marshals Service of the escape.

Prison officials said anyone with information about the escapee should contact the nearest law enforcement agency immediately.

Another inmate walked away from TCI on July 11.

Lionel Alvarez, 34, was serving a term for a drug trafficking conviction when he was reported missing when guards conducted an official count on Friday at 4:58 p.m.