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Española man arrested on suspicion of drug possession

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By Tris DeRoma

Police reportedly found heroin on a suspect while he was being checked into the Los Alamos County Detention Center April 9.

The suspect, Brandyn Valdez, 22, of Española was arrested on suspicion of possession of a controlled substance, tampering with evidence, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of a controlled substance (heroin) and driving with a suspended or revoked license.

Police first came in contact with Valdez when a call came in regarding a vehicle driving in and out of a marked lane on East Jemez Road as he was driving toward White Rock.

Police reportedly pulled Valdez’s car over. Valdez was driving a white pickup truck. Police and Valdez pulled into a parking lot off of Sherwood Boulevard, where police arrested Valdez on suspicion of driving with a suspended license, a charge he was previously cited for earlier in the month.

While being booked into the Los Alamos County Detention Center, police allegedly discovered suboxone, heroin, and drug paraphernalia hidden on his person that Valdez allegedly didn’t tell the officer who arrested him.

A preliminary hearing for Valdez’s case is set for May 11 in Los Alamos Magistrate Court.