Former custodian at San Mateo County Jail pleads not guilty to contraband charges 

A former custodian at the San Mateo County Jail's Maguire Correctional Facility pleaded not guilty Tuesday to charges of bringing controlled substances into the jail, Assistant District Attorney Al Serrato said.

Michael Ramirez-Decartagena, 45, is accused of bringing contraband to inmates, including drugs such as methamphetamine, on several occasions. An inmate tipped off authorities, Serrato said.

Prosecutors allege that Ramirez-Decartagena allowed inmates to use his cellphone and delivered meth to inmates, sometimes directly and other times hiding it in packages of coffee and other items.

Ramirez-Decartagena pleaded not guilty to the charges and was released on his own recognizance on the condition that he makes weekly contact with authorities, Serrato said.

His case was continued until Oct. 1 for Superior Court review and a preliminary hearing is scheduled for 2 p.m. Nov. 12.

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