3:11 p.m. — A contract prison worker was caught trying to smuggle cocaine and heroin into a New Mexico prison in what authorities believe was one of the largest drug busts within the state prison system, corrections officials said Monday.
The woman tried to bring 26 grams of cocaine and 46 grams of heroin into the Southern New Mexico Corrections Facility in Las Cruces, where she worked as a contract food service employee, according to the New Mexico Corrections Department. Her name wasn’t released.
Prison officials made the bust last week after secretly listening to calls between the woman and an inmate who worked in the kitchen and was described as her fiance, said James Mulheron, administrator for the department’s Security Threat Intelligence Unit. Officials identified the inmate as Frank Morales, a 31-year-old serving time for trafficking a controlled substance with intent to distribute.
“It’s crushing,” Mulheron said at a news conference. “Any time you have someone inside the prison system working to smuggle in drugs, it compromises the safety of our facilities.”