- Associated Press - Tuesday, May 19, 2020

TRUTH OR CONSEQUENCES, N.M. (AP) - A New Mexico sheriff’s deputy has resigned after authorities say they caught him with methamphetamine and a pipe inside his patrol car.

KRQE-TV reports New Mexico State Police arrested Grant Taylor this month following a call from the Sierra County Sheriff’s Department.

According to a criminal complaint, officers found a glass pipe in the center console of his patrol car, along with two bags of methamphetamine inside the sunglasses holder. Taylor told officers the drugs belonged to someone else.

He was charged with drug possession.

Sierra County Sheriff Glenn Hamilton says he was “disappointed, shocked, and surprised” over the situation.

Hamilton says Taylor resigned from his position on the same day he was arrested.

Court records show Taylor was also charged with possession back in 2011 and pleaded no contest. He was also charged with drunken driving in 2009.

Hamilton did not want to comment on Taylor’s criminal history when asked if he knew that before hiring Taylor.

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