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Corrections officer accused of taking drugs into prison

LOS LUNA, N.M. (AP) - A New Mexico corrections officer has been arrested and accused of taking drugs into a state prison in Los Lunas.

The State Police says 21-year-old Manuel Romero of Belen was arrested Wednesday after investigators determined he had distributed narcotics inside the Central New Mexico Correctional Facility.

The State Police says prison personnel had reported that Romero was spotted giving an item to an inmate and that the inmate later was discovered suffering from a narcotics overdose. Drugs were found in the inmate's cell and the inmate was medically treated for the overdose.

Romero was arrested on suspicion of conspiracy and of bringing contraband into a prison.

Online court records don't list an attorney who could comment on the allegations and no phone is listed under Romero's name.

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