Ex-New Mexico corrections officer gets prison in drug case

LAS CRUCES (AP) – A former corrections officer has been sentenced to 366 days in a New Mexico federal prison for conspiring to distribute drugs in the Dona County Detention Center.

Prosecutors say 27-year-old Francisco Balderrama of El Paso, Texas also was sentenced Tuesday to three years of supervised release.

Balderrama was arrested in October 2014 on a criminal complaint charging him with conspiracy to distribute narcotics and providing contraband in a prison facility.

Prosecutors say Balderrama conspired with three co-defendants to smuggle heroin, cocaine and methamphetamine into the Las Cruces detention center in June 2013 for two inmates being held there.

They say Balderrama pleaded guilty to the drug conspiracy charge three months ago.

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