(ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.) -- A drug bust was made last week in an Albuquerque prison after prison security believed one of the staff workers, an unnamed woman in her 20’s, was smuggling cocaine and heroin to one of the inmates that she met through working in the kitchen, reports ABC affiliate KOAT 7.
Prison officials said that she put over $6000 worth of cocaine and heroin inside herself that she planned to hand off to inmate, Frank Morales.
James Mulheron, who monitors security at the prison, said the bust began after monitoring phone calls, mail and outside behavior for a couple weeks before ultimately catching the perpetrator last week.
New Mexico Secretary of Corrections Gregg Marcantel says, “Our biggest thread of introduction of drugs into our prisons are contractors and staff, absolutely.”
The woman now faces up to six felony charges. It is still unknown what additional charges Morales will face, but he is currently serving time for two drug trafficking offenses.
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