Federal Correctional Institution, Big Spring

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Federal Correctional Institution, Big Spring
FCI Big Spring.jpg
LocationBig Spring, Howard County, Texas
Security classLow-security (with minimum-security prison camp)
Population1,018 plus (114 plus in prison camp)
Managed byFederal Bureau of Prisons
WardenCully Stearns

The Federal Correctional Institution, Big Spring (FCI Big Spring) is a low-security United States federal prison for male inmates in Texas. It is operated by the Federal Bureau of Prisons, a division of the United States Department of Justice. The facility also has a satellite prison camp which houses minimum-security male offenders.

FCI Big Spring is located in the city of Big Spring, Texas, midway between Dallas and El Paso.[1] The town is also the location of the privately owned and operated Big Spring Correctional Center, which contracts with the FBOP to house federal detainees at four physical locations. Both FCI Big Spring and the BSCC occupy buildings and facilities repurposed from the closed Webb Air Force Base.

Notable incidents[edit]

While they occur less frequently than at high-security prisons, serious acts of violence also occur at low-security institutions such as FCI Big Spring. On March 6, 2008, FCI Big Spring Correction Officer Terry Lloyd was conducting a search of inmate lockers when inmate Ray Ramirez-Bueno, 45, pushed his locker door shut on Officer Lloyd's right hand, causing Lloyd to suffer a minor injury. When additional correction officers responded to the incident, Ramirez-Bueno refused to submit to hand restraints, assumed a fighting stance, and threatened to kill the officers if they touched him. After a period of negotiation, Ramirez-Bueno agreed to be escorted to a lieutenant's office, where he submitted to hand restraints and sent to the facility's Special Housing Unit, where inmates who pose security risks are held. Ramirez-Bueno was subsequently convicted of assaulting a federal officer on March 11, 2009 and had several years added to his original sentence.[2] He was transferred to the Federal Correctional Institution, Forrest City Low, a low-security prison in Arkansas, and is scheduled for release in 2024.[3]

Notable inmates (current and former)[edit]

Inmate Name Register Number Photo Status Details
Robert Courtney 14536-045 Now at FCI Englewood Former pharmacist; pleaded guilty in 2002 to deliberately diluting the chemotherapy drugs of an estimated 4,200 cancer patients for profit; known as "The Toxic Pharmacist;" the story was featured on the CNBC television show American Greed.[4]
Dias Kadyrbayev 95091-038 Released in 2018 and deported to Kazakhstan.[5] Friend of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, perpetrator of the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing; pleaded guilty in 2015 to conspiring to obstructing justice for retrieving and disposing of evidence in order to impede the bombing investigation.[6][7]
Juan Carlos de la Cruz Reyna 98832-179 Serving a 135-month (11.25 year) sentence;[8] released into Mexican custody 19 October 2021.[9][10] Gulf Cartel leader who assaulted two U.S. federal agents in Mexico in 1999. He was convicted of assault in 2009. In 2012, he was convicted of bribery for attempting to pay off an U.S. undercover agent to arrange his release to members of his criminal group.[8]
Anthony Pellicano 21568-112 Released in 2019 after serving a fifteen-year sentence.[11] Former private investigator for celebrities including Michael Jackson, Tom Cruise and Steven Seagal; convicted in 2008 of illegal wiretapping, racketeering and wire fraud. Later transferred to FCI Terminal Island.[12][13] before being released in 2019.
David Duke 28213-034 Released in 2004 Politician and white nationalist convicted of tax fraud.[14]
Leland Yee 19629-111 Served a 5-year sentence; released June 26, 2020. Former California state senator charged with public corruption and gun trafficking. Subsequently, pleaded guilty to a felony racketeering charge in relation to money laundering, public corruption and bribery in a San Francisco Chinatown organized crime case.
Islam Said 06597-509 Serving a 10 year sentence, scheduled for release 2029 Son of Yaser Abdel Said. Pleaded harboring a fugitive, conspiring to harbor a fugitive, and one count of conspiracy to obstruct justice.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "FCI Big Spring". Federal Bureau of Prisons.
  2. ^ "Federal Jury Convicts Inmate for Assaulting Federal Officer". Federal Bureau of Investigation.
  3. ^ "Federal Bureau of Prisons Inmate Locator - Ray Ramirez-Bueno". Federal Bureau of Prisons.
  4. ^ Draper, Robert (June 8, 2003). "The Toxic Pharmacist". The New York Times Magazine. Retrieved 3 October 2015.
  5. ^ Law, Tara (2 November 2018). "Friend Who Helped Boston Bomber Get Rid of Evidence Deported to Kazakhstan". Time. Retrieved 4 February 2020.
  6. ^ Valencia, Milton J. (June 2, 2015). "Dzhokhar Tsarnaev's friend gets six-year prison term". Boston Globe Media Partners, LLC. Retrieved 14 August 2015.
  7. ^ "Dias Kadyrbayev Sentenced to Six Years for Impeding the Boston Marathon Bombing Investigation". Federal Bureau of Investigation. US Department of Justice. June 2, 2015. Retrieved 14 August 2015.
  8. ^ a b "Gulf Cartel Figure and Five Others Sentenced to Prison in Bribery Scheme". Brownsville, Texas: Federal Bureau of Investigation. 10 October 2012. Archived from the original on 10 July 2017.
  9. ^ "Juan Carlos de la Cruz Reyna – Register Number: 98832-179". Federal Bureau of Prisons. Archived from the original on 18 June 2017. Retrieved 26 January 2019.
  10. ^ https://www.elsoldetampico.com.mx/policiaca/entrega-estados-unidos-a-presunto-lider-criminal-de-tamaulipas-7362166.html
  11. ^ Harris, Elizabeth A. (22 March 2019). "Anthony Pellicano, Notorious Detective to the Stars, Walks Free From Prison". New York Times. Retrieved 4 February 2020.
  12. ^ Barnes, Brooks (December 15, 2008). "Pellicano Sentenced to 15 Years in Prison". The New York Times.
  13. ^ Burrough, Bryan, Connolly, John. "Talk of the Town". Vanity Fair.
  14. ^ "David Duke Gets 15-Month Sentence for Fraud". Associated Press. 25 March 2015. Retrieved 21 August 2019.

Coordinates: 32°13′43″N 101°30′20″W / 32.22851°N 101.50559°W / 32.22851; -101.50559