Guard accused of smuggling drugs into jail

A corrections officer has been arrested for smuggling drugs into the Santa Fe County jail.Investigators say the jail guard used a pack of cigarettes to smuggle in cocaine and marijuana.

The Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Office says Leah Fragua, a 21-year-old rookie guard, was getting the drugs from the wife of an inmate, 25-year-old Alishia Marquez.

Detectives say the two women would meet at a local bank to exchange the drugs before Fragua would smuggle them inside the jail.

Correction officials were tipped off after listening in on an inmate’s phone calls.

The sheriff says because Fragua worked at the jail, she was not locked up with the inmates she once guarded.


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