- Associated Press - Tuesday, February 28, 2017

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - A former corrections officer at a New Mexico jail has pleaded guilty to a heroin trafficking charge.

Prosecutors say 20-year-old Christopher Gonzales of Rio Rancho entered a guilty plea Tuesday in federal court in Albuquerque.

At the time he committed the offense, Gonzales was a corrections officer at the Sandoval County Detention Center in Bernalillo.

Under the terms of his plea agreement, prosecutors say Gonzales faces up to 18 months in federal prison to be followed by a term of supervised release to be determined by the court.

A sentencing hearing hasn’t been scheduled yet.

Gonzales was accused of bringing heroin to the jail with the intention of delivering it to an inmate in August 2015.

He was arrested in January 2016 and indicted in the case.

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