An inmate escaped from the U.S. Penitentiary Atwater, officials reported Sunday afternoon.
Javier Beltran was discovered missing during routine rounds at the minimum security satellite prison, according to a news release.
Beltran is a Latino, 5 feet 5 inches tall, weighs about 172 pounds, and has black hair and brown eyes. He is a resident of Los Angeles and is serving a 5-year, 10-month sentence for conspiracy to distribute and distribution of heroin.
Local law enforcement authorities have been notified and a search for Beltran is under way, according to the release.
Miguel Chavez, public information officer for the prison, couldn't be reached for comment Sunday.
Beltran is the third inmate to escape from the prison this year. Earlier this year, two inmates walked away from the minimum security facility at the prison.
The public is urged to contact local law enforcement if they see Beltran.
The satellite prison houses 123 minimum- security male inmates, according to the release. USP Atwater also houses about 1,150 inmates at the maximum security section of the prison, where a lot of violence has occurred in recent months.
-- Sun-Star staff