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New Mexico prison guard linked to smuggling case

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Posted: Apr 30, 2014 5:00 PM

Updated: Apr 30, 2014 5:00 PM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) A New Mexico corrections officer participated in a scheme to smuggle heroin and methamphetamine into the Otero County Prison Facility with the help of inmates, federal prosecutors said Wednesday.

According to Acting U.S. Attorney Damon Martinez, Luis Delgadillo, 37, is one of six people charged in a criminal complaint with conspiracy to violate the federal narcotics laws.

Delgadillo, of El Paso, Texas, was arrested by the FBI last week.

The other defendants are two women who live in New Mexico and three men who are prison inmates.

According to the complaint, the FBI began its investigation in January after receiving information from the New Mexico Corrections Department that Delgadillo possibly was smuggling heroin and methamphetamine into the prison.

The investigation, which included a review of recorded inmate telephone calls and surveillance video, identified the six suspects as members of the drug ring, authorities said.

A federal magistrate in Las Cruces on Wednesday ordered Delgadillo detained pending trial.

It's unclear if he has a lawyer.

New Mexico Corrections Secretary Gregg Marcantel said the arrest is evidence that his department is serious about maintaining the integrity of the state's prison system. "This shows that we have the ability to police ourselves," he said.

Topics: Corrections Officer-Drugs

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