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Sheriff’s deputies search center for contraband

Alex Ross Photo Standing behind the fence outside Chaves County Detention Center are, from left, Chief Deputy Charles Yslas; Clay Corn, administrator of the Chaves County Detention Center; Major David Garcia and Sheriff Mike Herrington. Inside the Detention Center Friday morning, deputies and staff conducted searches on inmates for possible contraband.

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Local deputies searched inmates and grounds of the Chaves County Detention Center on Friday for narcotics, weapons and other items prohibited from the premises.

Sheriff Mike Herrington confirmed the existence of the operation, which he said is a joint effort between the Sheriff’s Office and Detention Center staff. Few had prior knowledge of the searches, he said, due to their sensitive nature.

Friday’s operation is the first of a series of such searches the Sheriff’s Office will be conducting in partnership with the Detention Center, according to Charles Yslas, chief deputy with the Sheriff’s Office.

“We are going to be assisting staff at the Detention Center with more searches, more shakedowns, if you want to call them that, at sporadic times to make sure everyone is following all the guidelines, all the rules, to make sure there isn’t any contraband or anything else located,” Yslas said.

Herrington, Yslas, 15 deputies and several Detention Center staff searched inmates, inmate living quarters and the Detention Center grounds during Friday’s operation that lasted from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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Some contraband was found, but Yslas declined to specify what was uncovered, citing the ongoing nature of an investigation into the matter.

“We did have some information that there were some things of that nature and we did locate some things that inmates should not have had,” Yslas said.

However, he said, none of the items found Friday were weapons.

Breaking news reporter Alex Ross can be reached at 575-622-7710, ext, 301, or breakingnews@rdrnews.com


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