- Associated Press - Friday, March 13, 2015

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - A sheriff’s deputy in northeastern New Mexico has been charged with attempting to possess cocaine with intent to distribute.

Deputy Vidal Sandoval of the Colfax County Sheriff’s Office was arrested Friday.

Authorities say they began to investigate Sandoval last summer after two men complained an officer seized marijuana and cash from them during a traffic stop without giving a receipt.

They sat Sandoval later pulled over vehicles containing undercover officers and offered to escort their drugs and money through Colfax County in exchange for money.

Sandoval is accused of accepting cash last month for escorting an undercover officer with a vehicle that was carrying cocaine from Colfax County to the New Mexico-Colorado state line.

It’s unclear whether Sandoval has a lawyer.

He is scheduled to be arraigned on Monday.

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