Courtesy Photo, King County

Courtesy Photo, King County

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.

Talk to us

Please share your story tips by emailing

To share your opinion for publication, submit a letter through our website Include your name, address and daytime phone number. (We’ll only publish your name and hometown.) Please keep letters to 300 words or less.

More in Northwest

Maleng Regional Justice Center in Kent. FILE PHOTO
Former Maple Valley day care employee pleads not guilty to child sex offenses

25-year-old Federal Way man faces first-degree rape of a child and other charges

Courtesy Photo, Seattle Police
Auburn man, 18, charged in Seattle shooting death

Javonte W. Isadore-Danning, 29, died as a result of multiple gunshot wounds.

17-year-old found shooting Orbeez gel balls at Federal Way students

Federal Way Police are unaware of any connection between several cases involving the toy guns.

Renton community safety forum targets crime stats, domestic violence

Renton Police chief says when he first started it was rare to have a firearm incident on the street

Photo by Ken Lambert / The Seattle Times / Pool
Jeffrey Nelson at his trial May 16.
Jurors continue to hear testimony in murder case against Auburn officer

Jeffrey Nelson is the first officer in Washington to face a murder charge following the passage of I-940.

Maleng Regional Justice Center in Kent. FILE PHOTO
Maple Valley day care employee charged with sex offenses

Federal Way man was employed at Discovery Playtown

Man killed by sheriff’s deputies in Auburn identified

Multiple shots fired during May 24 eviction

Person dies in officer-involved shooting in Auburn

Incident occurred while police were serving a civil eviction order.

A video shows players on a baseball field in Auburn taking cover amid the sound of gunshots May 19.
Gunfire sends bystanders into flight on public property in Auburn | Video

Derek Jennings, one of the owners of New Level Baseball, said the gunfire erupted in the middle of practice

A Sound Transit fare ambassador checks with a light rail rider. COURTESY PHOTO, Sound Transit
Fare inspections at Sound Transit Link stations begin June 3

Passengers will need proof of payment within fare paid zones at boarding areas

Jeffrey Nelson at his trial May 16, 2024. (Photo by Ken Lambert / The Seattle Times / Pool)
Murder trial begins for Auburn Police officer Jeffrey Nelson

First officer in Washington to face a murder charge following the passage of Initiative 940.