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New Mexico corrections officer busted in prison drug smuggling operation

June 30, 2017  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
New Mexico corrections officer busted in prison drug smuggling operation

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Authorities arrested a corrections officer in New Mexico on Tuesday after busting him in a sting operation attempting to smuggle drugs into a Sante Fe prison.

Lieutenant Elizabeth Armijo indicated in a press release that state officers were asked by prison administrators last week to investigate whether 60-year-old John Aragon was being paid to smuggle drugs into the Penitentiary of New Mexico.

A confidential informant told an official that the corrections officer had been getting paid to bring drugs in for inmates, a criminal complaint filed in Metropolitan Court indicated.

Investigators launched an undercover operation and offered to pay Aragon $1,500 to smuggle Suboxone and heroin into the facility, the Albuquerque Journal reported.

John Aragon, 60 (MDC)

On Tuesday afternoon, they met up at the Sandia Casino.

“The undercover agent pulled into the lot, and John entered his truck,” an agent stated in a criminal complaint. “During this time, John acknowledged he was there to pick up money and drugs.”

Officers arrested Aragon, and he was charged with possession with intent to distribute. He was booked into the Metropolitan Detention Center and was freed on a $2,500 bond on Wednesday.

A spokesperson for the New Mexico Corrections Department indicated Aragon had been working as a corrections officer since 2009 and had passed a background check when he was offered the job.

“He has been placed on administrative leave with pay,” said S.U. Mahesh, spokesperson for the Department of Corrections stated.

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