Thursday, December 3, 2009

Inmate Escapes from Taft Community Correctional Facility

Taft - Special agents with the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) Office of Correctional Safety are searching for an inmate who escaped from the Taft Community Correctional Facility in Taft. Inmate Rogelio Pedraza Sosa was found missing during the 9:15 p.m. count on December 2 from the Kern County facility.

Sosa, 37, is a male Hispanic, 6 feet tall, black hair and brown eyes, and weighs 170 pounds. He has a medium build, a dark complexion and a tattoo on the back of his neck that reads “Y-QUE.”

Sosa began serving a four-year, eight-month sentence from Kern County on August 7, 2009 for transporting and importing controlled substances for sale. He was scheduled to be released to parole in November 2011.

Sosa had a prior conviction for drug offenses from Orange County in 1993 under the name Martin Campos Rivas. He was paroled to federal immigration authorities in 1995 and 1996. Sosa has used several aliases in the past and is Spanish-speaking.

CDCR agents are working with the Taft Police Department and the Kern County Sheriff’s Department to apprehend Sosa. Anyone who sees him or knows of his whereabouts should call 9-1-1 immediately.

The Taft Community Correctional Facility is operated by the City of Taft, which contracts with the CDCR to house low-custody inmates.