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Sheriff’s office searches Tierra Amarilla jail in drug raid

SANTA FE, N.M. — The Rio Arriba County Sheriff’s Office took over the county jail in Tierra Amarilla Tuesday afternoon in a search for drugs and drug trafficking, according to sheriff’s office spokesman Jake Arnold

The raid was undertaken about 1 p.m. with a search warrant signed off on by District Judge Sheri Raphaelson. The warrant request was based on information about drug trafficking at the jail from confidential informants, said Arnold.

Rio Arriba County Manager Tomas Campos III disputed that the jail was taken over and questioned the need for a warrant. “We would have let him search it without the warrant,” said Campos. “I don’t know what he’s (sheriff Tommy Rodella) up to.”

Arnold said Campos wasn’t knowledgeable on the law and a search warrant was required.

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Arnold said deputies had recovered some apparent contraband by mid-afternoon and that the entire jail was on lock-down. Arnold said he couldn’t comment on a TV report that Rodella said the sheriff’s office had indications that jail guards were involved.

Campos said the deputies hadn’t “found much of anything,” attributing his information to jail personnel.

He said he got a call from a jail administrator at about 1 p.m. informing him of the search warrant. He said he told the administrator “OK, let him in,” and that jail personnel were cooperating with the search.

Arnold said the State Police were assisting in the operation and that the state Corrections Department was sending in a team with drug-sniffing dogs. He said the operation had been in the planning for several months.

 

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The Rio Arriba County Sheriff’s Office took over the county jail in Tierra Amarilla Tuesday afternoon in a search for drugs and drug trafficking, according to sheriff’s office spokesman Jake Arnold

The raid was undertaken about 1 p.m. with a search warrant signed off on by District Judge Sheri Raphaelson. The warrant request was based on information about drug trafficking at the jail from confidential informants, said Arnold.

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Rio Arriba County Manager Tomas Campos III disputed that the jail was taken over and questioned the need for a warrant. “We would have let him search it without the warrant,” said Campos. “I don’t know what he’s (sheriff Tommy Rodella) up to.”

Arnold said deputies had recovered some apparent contraband by mid-afternoon. He said the entire jail was on lock-down and that the jail manager was cooperating.

Campos said the deputies hadn’t “found much of anything,” attributing his information to jail personnel.

Campos said he got a call from a jail administrator at about 1 p.m. informing him of the search warrant. He said he told the administrator “OK, let him in,” and that jail personnel were cooperating with the search.

Arnold said the State Police was assisting in the operation and that the state Corrections Department was sending in a team with drug-sniffing dogs.

 

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The Rio Arriba County Sheriff’s Office has taken over the Rio Arriba County jail in Tierra Amarilla in a search for drugs and drug trafficking, according to sheriff’s office spokesman Jake Arnold

The raid was undertaken about 1 p.m. with a search warrant signed off on by District Judge Sheri Raphaelson. The warrant request was based on information about drug trafficking from confidential informants, said Arnold.

Arnold said deputies have recovered some apparent contraband so far. He said the entire jail is on lock-down and that the jail manager was cooperating.

He said the State Police are assisting in the operation and that the state Corrections Department is sending in a team with drug-sniffing dogs.

 

 

 

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