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East County News Service

May 16, 2015 (Otay Mesa) – The Sheriff is seeking an inmate who escaped from the East Mesa reentry facility in Otay Mesa Saturday and was found to be missing at 1 p.m.

Omar Ramirez Sandoval was an inmate worker at the facility who was last observed around 7 a.m.  He was being held for possession, sale and transportation of narcotics and sentenced to nine years in prison. Deportation proceedings were pending.

Sandoval, a 37-year-old Hispanic man, was wearing a tan and white worker uniform with SD Jail markings on it.  He is 5 feet 8 inches tall, weighs 180 pounds, has black hair and brown eyes. He was clean shaven with short crew-cut hair when last seen.

The method of his escape remains under investigation, says Sergeant Chris Davis with the San Diego Fugitive Task Force.

Anyone with information about this case can call the Sheriff's Department non-emergency line at (858)565-5200. You can remain anonymous and be eligible for up to a $1,000 reward for information leading to an arrest. Call Crime Stoppers at (888) 580-8477

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The War on Drugs--

what a farce, except when one is in for nine and then it's a serious matter, requiring some ingenuity.