New Mexico inmate gets prison term in drug smuggling case

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LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) – An inmate who pleaded guilty to conspiring to smuggle drugs into a New Mexico prison has been sentenced to nearly 13 years in federal prison.

Prosecutors say 28-year-old Gary Borja, of Albuquerque, received a 151-month prison term Tuesday in a Las Cruces federal court.

Borja was one of six people charged in a criminal complaint in April 2014.

The FBI began an investigation in January 2014 after receiving information that a corrections officer was smuggling heroin and methamphetamine into the Otero County Prison Facility in Chaparral.

Prosecutors say Borja admitted to conspiring with co-defendants to smuggle drugs into the prison and recruiting the corrections officer to help.

The other five defendants also pleaded guilty and four already have been sentenced to prison terms ranging from 30 months to 84 months. 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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