Former King County jail guard pleads guilty to bribery, drug charges

Accepted bribe to distribute meth, fentanyl to two jail inmates

A former King County Jail guard pleaded guilty Thursday, May 30 in U.S. District Court in Seattle to bribery and distributing methamphetamine and fentanyl pills, according to a U.S. Department of Justice press release.

Former jail employee Mosses Ramos, 40, of Milton, had been a King County jail guard for 17 years before he was fired in September 2023. When sentenced by U.S. District Judge Ricardo S. Martinez 0n Sept. 13, Ramos will face up to 20 years in prison.

According to records filed in the case, between March and May 2023, Ramos accepted bribes of about $5,000 to bring about a pound of methamphetamine and 100 fentanyl pills into the King County Correctional Facility in Seattle for the benefit of inmates Michael Anthony Barquet, 37, and Francisco Montero, 25. Both men are currently incarcerated. Montero is facing trial in King County Superior Court for a double homicide of two teen girls in 2018 in Burien. Barquet is scheduled for trial on drug and bribery charges in October.

The web of bribes and drug trafficking extended outside the jail with three female co-conspirators who are alleged associates of the two inmates: Neca Silvestre, 38, of Kent; Katrina Cazares, 38, of Burien; and Kayara Zepeda Montero, 27, of Seattle. All three remain charged in the case.

Bribery is punishable by up to 10 years in prison. Drug distribution is punishable by up to 20 years in prison.

While Ramos has accepted responsibility and pleaded guilty, the other defendants in this case have not and are presumed innocent unless and until he or she is proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.

The case was investigated by the FBI and the King County Sheriff’s Office with support from the King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office.