Inmate walks away from federal prison in Tucson

A man serving 12.5 years for distributing meth walked away from a minimum-security federal prison facility in Tucson on Friday morning.

Javier Omar Durazo-Miranda, 36, was “discovered missing” from the satellite camp at the U.S. Penitentiary — Tucson around 11:50 a.m., officials said.

Durazo-Miranda was described as a 6′ tall, 300-lb. Hispanic male, with black hair and brown eyes.

The FBI, U.S. Marshals Service, and other law enforcement agencies are searching for him. Anyone with information about him should contact the Marshals Service at 520-879-4230, officials said.

Durazo-Miranda pleaded guilty to a federal charge of conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine in a Southern California case in 2022.

According to court documents, he sold 24 kilograms (about 53 lbs.) of meth to an undercover agent. He was sentenced to 151 months in prison, with five years of probation to follow.

Despite his guilty plea, Durazo-Miranda appealed the length of the sentence, but was rejected by the 9th Circuit in a decision on February 14.

From that ruling:

Durazo-Miranda coordinated multiple participants in the procurement and delivery of methamphetamine. Durazo-Miranda directed the coconspirator to provide the methamphetamine in exchange for the undercover agent’s payment. Another time, the undercover agent met with Durazo-Miranda and a third party to discuss a drug purchase, and at that meeting, Durazo-Miranda described his own role as facilitating bicoastal and international drug distribution, explaining that he was a “coordinator” for the operation. This evidence provided sufficient support for the district court’s application of the role enhancement.

USP-Tucson is on South Wilmot Road, and holds nearly 1,200 inmates within the high-security penitentiary and another 120 at the adjacent minimum-security camp. The nearby Federal Correction Institution – Tucson holds about 350 total inmates in a medium-security prison.