Seven former guards at a South Texas state prison have pleaded guilty to charges from a large federal racketeering case.
The pleas came during a daylong federal court hearing Tuesday in Corpus Christi. Sentencing is scheduled for June 24.
The seven are former guards at the McConnell Unit in Beeville who admitted in court to acts of bribery and drug trafficking within and outside the Texas prison system.
Five pleaded guilty to racketeering, while a sixth pleaded guilty to cocaine possession with intent to distribute. A seventh pleaded guilty to possessing ecstasy with intent to distribute.
In all, 30 people were arrested in late February in connection to the case, including 17 former state prison officers. Two other suspects remain fugitives, and 25 await trial.