U.S. Penitentiary Atwater said two inmates were discovered missing during a routine inmate count on Tuesday night at the minimum-security Satellite Prison Camp in Atwater.
The two inmates, Santiago Ibarra and Jesse F. Rosales, are Hispanic males. Ibarra, a resident of San Jacinto, Calif., is 5 feet 5 inches tall, weighs 160 pounds and has black hair and brown eyes. He was convicted of possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine. Rosales, a resident of Newark, Calif., is 5 feet, 6 inches tall, weighs 180 pounds and has black hair and brown eyes. He was convicted of conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine and heroin, and aiding and abetting.
The FBI and U.S. Marshals Service were notified, along with local and state law enforcement authorities. A search is underway. Should either of the men be seen, prison officials urged the public is urged to immediately contact local law enforcement.
Prior to Tuesday's incident, a total of three inmates had escaped this year from the prison's satellite camp. Unless Ibarra and Rosales are found, Tuesday's incident would bring that total to five.
The camp in Atwater houses 124 minimum-security male inmates.