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.