- Associated Press - Tuesday, January 12, 2016

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) - A former corrections officer at the Santa Fe County jail is facing up to 10 years in prison for smuggling drugs.

The Santa Fe New Mexican reports (https://bit.ly/1RjUd4J ) that 21-year-old Edward Owens pleaded guilty to possessing and conspiring to distribute narcotics along with an inmate.

As part of a plea agreement, Owens will be sentenced to up to 10 years in prison and may pay a fine of up to $250,000. Sentencing has been scheduled for March 3 in U.S. District Court in Albuquerque.

As part of his plea agreement, Owens admitted that in August 2014 he smuggled the prescription drug Suboxone into the jail for his co-defendant James Barela, who was an inmate.

Barela was sentenced in October to a year and a day in prison.


Information from: The Santa Fe New Mexican, https://www.sfnewmexican.com

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