Ex-corrections officer pleads guilty in New Mexico drug case

ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — A former corrections officer in Santa Fe County has pleaded guilty to possessing and conspiring to distribute a narcotic drug in New Mexico.

Federal prosecutors say 21-year-old Edward Owens entered his plea Thursday in an Albuquerque court. A sentencing date wasn’t immediately announced.

Owens was arrested in February and indicted along with another man of participating in a conspiracy to distribute Buprenorphine in August 2014.

At the time, prosecutors say Owens was employed as a corrections officer at the Santa Fe County Adult Correctional Facility.

He was accused of smuggling 47 strips of the painkiller-type drug into the jail in exchange for payment from an inmate, who also was arrested in the case.

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