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Guard arrested for promoting contraband in Tucson state prison

An Arizona Department of Corrections officer working at the state prison in Tucson was arrested Friday, charged with promoting contraband. Federal court records show Elsa G. Ramos-Beltran attempted to declare bankruptcy this summer.

Ramos-Beltran, 27, had worked at the state prison complex here since November 2015, authorities said.

Under state law, the felony of promoting contraband includes taking unauthorized items, including weapons or drugs, into a correctional facility, giving such items to any prisoner, or failing to report contraband.

The court file in Ramos-Beltran's criminal case was not immediately available. She was being held at the Pima County Jail on Friday night.

Federal court records show that Ramos-Beltran filed for bankruptcy in late July, but her petition was dismissed in August because she had not filed all of the required information, including information about her current income. A summary by a court officer showed she had more than $30,000 in debts.

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