Man was serving sentence for meth trafficking conviction in minimum security facility
Officials at the Taft Correctional Institution are looking for an inmate who walked away from the minimum security satellite camp over the weekend.
The inmate, identified as Alex Joseph Perez, 23, was discovered missing on Saturday during a routine count.
He is described as a white male of hispanic origin standing 5’9” tall, with black hair and brown eyes and weighs approximately 170 lbs.
Prison officials say he has several tattoos: “Skeltons” on his top right forearm and “Secoro” and “Pererz” on his back.
Perez was serving a 120-month sentence for possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine and aiding and abetting. He was sentenced on July 11, 2011.
He arrived at the Taft Correctional Institution Satellite Camp on September 4, 2013. His projected release date was May 5, 2019.
The TCI satellite camp is a minimum security facility with no perimeter fence or guard posts that houses about 550 low-risk inmates.
Once Perez' escape was noticed, TCI officials notified numerous law enforcement agencies including the 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.