JEFFERSON COUNTY, Texas — Four inmates are accused of continually escaping from a federal prison complex in southeast Texas and returning only to smuggle contraband back inside the prison.

After repeated reports of prisoners continuing to escape from the prison complex near Bueamont, Texas, the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office and the U.S. Marshals conducted surveillance on October 11, 2019. Around 10:30 p.m., that night, police say they saw four inmates escape, leave the prison grounds, and cut through a neighboring ranch.

"The inmates ran when they saw the Law Enforcement Officers step out of the brush," read a statement from the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office. "All 4 inmates were quickly taken into custody."

The inmates were identified as 34-year-old Julian Lemus, 45-year-old Robert Young, 25-year-old Leo Martinez, and 35-year-old Silvstre Rico. The U.S. Marshals took custody of the inmates and booked them into the LaSalle Unit on additional charges for escape.

Additionally, police confiscated contraband from the inmates that included whiskey and cell phones.