Santa Fe County Jail guard arrested

Edward Owens
Edward Owens was arrested for bringing contraband to the Santa Fe County Jail.

SANTA FE COUNTY, N.M. (KRQE) – A Santa Fe County Detention Officer is behind bars Friday after officials said he is believed to have been conspiring with inmates to bring narcotics into the jail.

Santa Fe County officials said 19-year-old Edward Owens reported for work on August 12, 2014 while jail staff members were conducting contraband inspections. During the inspection, Owens reportedly admitted to officials that he was in possession of contraband.

According to Santa Fe County, 47 strips of Suboxone, a prescription medication used to treat opiate addiction, were found on Owens’ person. When officials searched his vehicle they found a Taurus 9mm.

Owens was booked into the Santa Fe County Jail on two felony counts of bringing contraband into a jail. He was also charged with possession of a controlled substance. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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