- Associated Press - Thursday, July 9, 2015

FLORENCE, Ariz. (AP) - Authorities say an inmate recently transferred to the Pinal County Jail has been found with more than 30 small bags of methamphetamine.

County Sheriff’s officials say new charges will be filed against 20-year-old Geraldo Beltran-Torres.

He’s already serving a four-year sentence for possession of a dangerous drug.

Beltran-Torres was among some 1,100 prison inmates recently transported from a private prison near Kingman after recent riots rendered the facilities uninhabitable.

The Pinal County Jail absorbed 380 of those inmates.

Authorities say each inmate underwent a strip search during the transfer process and officials employed drug-sniffing dogs to detect any contraband.

A sheriff’s detention officer reported seeing Beltran-Torres put something under his mattress and that led to the discovery of the nearly 17 grams of methamphetamine in 31 small plastic bags.

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