Former Corrections Officer Pleads Guilty to Participating in Scheme to Smuggle Drugs into Otero County Prison
ALBUQUERQUE – Luis Delgadillo, 38, of El Paso, Texas, pled guilty today to an indictment charging him with conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine and heroin into the Otero County Prison Facility (OCPF) in Chaparral, N.M. At the time of the indictment, Delgadillo was employed as a corrections officer at OCPF. Delgadillo is the last of six defendants to enter a guilty plea in this case.
Delgadillo was indicted in Aug. 2014, on a drug trafficking conspiracy charge together with Gary Borja 26, Armando Lopez, 28, and Ana Lopez, 26, all of Albuquerque, N.M.; Nancy Salas, 35, of Alamogordo, N.M., and Eric Lovato, 30, of Boles Acres, N.M. The six defendants were charged with participating in a conspiracy to smuggle drugs into the OCPF between Dec. 2013 and April 2014, when Borja, Armando Lopez and Lovato were inmates at the facility and Delgadillo was a corrections officer.
According to court filings, the FBI initiated an investigation into the case in Jan. 2014, after receiving information from the New Mexico Corrections Department (NMDOC) allegedly showing that Delgadillo was smuggling heroin and methamphetamine into the OCPF. The investigation, which included a review of recorded inmate telephone calls and OCPF surveillance video, physical surveillance and the results of inmate drug testing, identified the six defendants as members of a conspiracy to allegedly smuggle narcotics into the OCPF between Jan. 2014 and April 2014.
In entering his guilty plea, Delgadillo admitted participating in a conspiracy to smuggle drugs into the OCPF between Dec. 2013 and April 2014. Delgadillo admitted smuggling an ounce of methamphetamine into the OCPF in Dec. 2013; an ounce of heroin in Feb. 2014; and another ounce of heroin in April 2014. He also admitted that on April 26, 2014, he met with Ana Lopez and obtained 25 grams of methamphetamine, 11 grams of heroin and 10 suboxone pills from her. He was arrested before he was able to smuggle the drugs into the OCPF.
Each of the six defendants faces a statutory maximum penalty of 20 years in prison when sentenced. They remain in federal custody pending their sentencing hearing, which have yet to be scheduled.
This case was investigated by the Las Cruces office of the FBI and the New Mexico Corrections Department and is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Mark A. Saltman of the U.S. Attorney’s Las Cruces Branch Office.