- Associated Press - Saturday, March 26, 2016

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) - Authorities are investigating possible drug smuggling at the Santa Fe County jail.

The Santa Fe New Mexican reports (https://bit.ly/1Pxl2fm) that a corrections officer found 170 Suboxone strips inside a pair of hair clippers being brought to an inmate last week.

According an affidavit filed in Santa Fe County Magistrate Court, the clippers were brought by 31-year-old Lauren Herrera.

Herrera had been instructed by another woman who had spoken on the phone with an inmate.

A sergeant monitoring inmate phone calls searched the clippers and found the drugs.

Suboxone is a drug used to treat opiate dependency.

Investigators believe the delivery was for several inmates.

Herrera was arrested Monday on several charges including bringing contraband into a jail.

Sheriff Robert Garcia says detectives are questioning inmates and staff.


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

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