NM prison contract worker arrested in drug bust

June 20, 2012 • State News

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — Authorities have arrested a contract worker who allegedly tried to smuggle cocaine and heroin into a New Mexico prison.

State Corrections Department officials say 20-year-old Candace Holmes was taken into custody [auth] Tuesday afternoon in Las Cruces.

She’s being held at the Dona Ana County Detention Center on suspicion of six felony counts related to drug trafficking.

Holmes is accused of trying to bring 26 grams of cocaine and 46 grams of heroin into the Southern New Mexico Corrections Facility in Las Cruces, where she worked as a contract food service employee.

Prison officials made the bust last week after secretly listening to calls between the woman and an inmate who worked in the kitchen.

Authorities say Holmes voluntarily surrendered the drugs she allegedly was attempting to smuggle into the prison.

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