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That was no junk in the trunk — deputies say man hid diamonds in backside

Eusebio Padilla

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Deputies say a man was hiding a bag of stolen diamonds where the sun don’t shine. That is until one of the lawmen cracked the case during a traffic stop in the North Valley on Sunday afternoon.

Eusebio Padilla, 23, now faces charges of tampering with evidence, receiving stolen property and some traffic violations. He was booked into the Metropolitan Detention Center.

According to a criminal complaint filed in Metropolitan Court, a Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Office deputy pulled over Padilla around 4:30 p.m. near Fourth and Calle de Los Hijos NW for driving a motorcycle without a license plate.

After handcuffing Padilla, deputies say he “removed a baggy from his butt crack” and dropped it on the ground. Inside were 44 small diamonds.

“Based on the uncommon behavior of concealing diamonds in packaging commonly used to store narcotics, and concealing it in his butt cavity, and the attempt to get rid of the item, it was apparent to me that Padilla must have known the baggy of diamonds was stolen,” the complaint reads.

Indeed, Padilla allegedly told deputies he got the diamonds from a relative who “usually has stolen items,” and was planning to trade them for drugs.

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