Two inmates who apparently decided it was time for a night out walked away from the minimum-security camp at the Lompoc Federal Correctional Complex, and haven’t been seen since.
The inmates — Cesar Brito, 40, and Jorge Martinez, 30 — were discovered missing during a routine check at 10 p.m. Friday.
A search of the property failed to locate the inmates, and local law enforcement,and federal marshals were notified of the escape.
Brito, described as Hispanic, stands 5 feet, 7 inches, weighs around 165 pounds, and has brown eyes and black hair. He was serving a sentence for dealing cocaine, and was scheduled for release on July 4, 2013.
Martinez, 30, was described as a white male, 5 feet,10 inches,
160 pounds, with blue eyes and brown hair. Martinez was convicted of dealing methamphetamine, and was to be released on Dec. 23, 2011.
The two men bring to five the number of escapes from the minimum-security camp in the last five months.
Previous escapes occurred Aug. 8 (methamphetamine dealer Santiago Cinfuegos), Nov. 9 (methamphetamine dealer Quinton Howard), and Nov. 29 (cocaine dealer Armando Martinez).
“We had adjusted some of our security procedures prior to this latest escape,” Shinn said.
Of the escapees, Shinn said, only Howard had been confirmed as being recaptured.
The minimum-security camp is a prison camp, with dormitory-style housing and no perimeter fence. Inmates there help to serve the labor needs of the Federal Correctional Complex, the complex staff housing, and Vandenberg Air Force Base.
The majority of inmates at the camp are serving short terms for convictions of non-violent, white collar or drug-related charges. The quality of living for the camp inmates is better than for those prisoners kept in the next-door federal penitentiary, according to Shinn.
“I have no idea what these guys are thinking, running off with such short terms,” Shinn said.