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Sheriff's deputy pleads no contest to records tampering

CLOVIS, N.M. (AP) - A former deputy with a sheriff's office in eastern New Mexico has pleaded no contest to tampering with public records.

The Eastern New Mexico News reports the charge against 31-year-old Brandon Nolen will be dismissed if he completes 18 months of supervised probation.

The former deputy with the Curry County Sheriff's Office was arrested in June, and he also was charged with perjury and possession of a controlled substance. The other charges were dismissed under the plea agreement reached Wednesday.

Authorities say Nolen stole methamphetamines obtained during a March traffic stop and lied about it in sworn documents.

Nolen's attorney Michael Garrett says the agreement is a conditional discharge and not an adjudication of guilt.

Prosecutors say more than 30 criminal cases were dismissed this summer because of Nolen's association.

Information from: The Eastern New Mexico News, http://www.easternnewmexiconews.com

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