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Judge Wants Tapia To Remain in Rehab


Associated Press
      A state district judge wants five-time world champion boxer Johnny Tapia to remain at a rehabilitation center after testing positive for drugs, a violation of the conditions of release the judge had agreed on last week.
    Judge Kenneth Martinez ruled Tuesday that Tapia, 40, should remain at the Second Chance treatment program since sending the boxer to the Metropolitan Detention Center would not be an option because of his celebrity.
    Martinez had agreed Friday to allow Tapia to leave Second Chance due to unspecified medical reasons and enroll in a community custody program that would have involved random drug tests and an ankle monitor.
    Prosecutors asked the judge to reconsider after learning that Tapia tested positive for cocaine Saturday, pending his release from Second Chance.
    Tapia has been at the treatment center since he pleaded guilty in May to a felony drug possession charge.
    Tapia had negotiated a plea agreement a day before his drug possession case was to go before a grand jury. He was required to enter an inpatient treatment program during an 18-month probation but he wasted no time and admitted himself on the day of his plea into the Second Chance program.
    Tapia had been taken to an Albuquerque hospital March 12 after paramedics responded to his hotel room following a call from his wife and manager, Teresa Tapia, who reported he wasn't breathing.
    Police have said they found three baggies of cocaine in the hotel room.
    Tapia has a history of cocaine use and run-ins with the law. He was suspended from boxing from October 1990 to March 1994 after testing positive for cocaine.
    Teresa Tapia said she was happy with Tuesday's ruling.
    "I don't know what it's going to take to get this guy to do what needs to be done,'' she said of Tapia. "But what I am happy for ... is the court system, they're not just kicking him to the curb and saying 'Go to prison. I don't want to deal with you. Get out of my face.' They're all trying to find a solution and that makes you have faith in our justice system.''
   


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