ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — A corrections officer at the Metropolitan Detention Center briefly found himself wearing an orange inmate jumpsuit after he was arrested and booked for bringing drugs into the jail.
Lucas Segura, 21, was booked for possession of a controlled substance with intent to traffic, bringing contraband into a jail and conspiracy to commit a second-degree felony. He was released after posting a $22,500 bond.
Segura, who was still within his job probationary period, making him an at-will employee, was immediately terminated from his job, said MDC spokeswoman Nataura Powdrell.
According to Powdrell, the jail’s Security Treat Group, or STG, received information on April 1 that Segura may have been bringing narcotics into the MDC and distributing them to inmates. The STG contacted detectives with the Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Office and together they confronted Segura when he reported for duty at 3 p.m. that day.
During an interview, Segura admitted to distributing heroin to inmates in the E-unit on March 29. He also gave consent for officers to search his vehicle that day in the MDC employee parking lot, which uncovered additional amounts of heroin hidden under the driver’s seat.
A disappointed MDC Chief Ramon Rustin said, “Unfortunately, once again, we discovered a corrections officer who betrayed the public’s trust, introducing narcotics into the jail for net gain.” Rustin said he hopes Segura is “punished to the fullest extent of the law.”
Unlike Segura, another corrections officer accused of misconduct at the jail, Torry Chambers, remains on paid leave despite being indicted on eight counts connected with the rape of female inmates from September 2008 through October 2010, and despite the county already having paid $925,000 to settle a lawsuit by three of Chamber’s alleged victims.
Chambers, a member of Local 2499 of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, is well beyond his employment probationary period and is not an at-will employee, Powdrell said.
County attorney Randy Autio has told the Journal that an indictment is not a conviction, and unless Chambers is eventually convicted or found to have violated jail policy, he cannot be terminated.
An investigation conducted after Chamber’s 2010 arrest “found no policy violations,” Powdrell said.