Jailhouse sting nets three bags of heroin

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By Carol A. Clark

Los Alamos County police hit paydirt Tuesday after keeping an inmate under surveillance for a week because their investigation revealed he was smuggling heroin into the jail.

Julian Montoya, 23, of Los Alamos was arrested and charged with transporting contraband, in this case three 1.6 gram bags of heroin, into the Los Alamos County Detention Facility at 2500 Trinity Drive. Montoya also is charged with possession of a controlled substance.

In the criminal complaint filed in First District Court, Det. Shari Mills stated that a detention officer observed a small black bag fall out of Montoya's pants during a search.

Three small bags containing powder weighing 1.6 grams each were found inside the black bag, according to the complaint. One bag appeared to be Mexican Brown heroin and the other two were a creamy color, Mills said.

All three bags tested positive for heroin. Another bag also was found, empty but containing a powdery residue, she said.

Montoya had been serving time on the weekends for a speeding violation he failed to pay, according to the complaint. Through a process of elimination, it was suspected that Montoya was smuggling heroin into the jail on the weekends inside his rectum.

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