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Man accused of taking drugs into jail

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By The Staff

A Las Vegas area man was scheduled to be arraigned in San Miguel County Magistrate Court this morning for allegedly smuggling drugs into the San Miguel County Detention Center back in June.

An arrest warrant affidavit filed in the case in August and recently obtained by the Optic sheds light on the case.

Teddy Manzanares, 34, who resides on Highway 28, Route 20, turned himself in for an outstanding bench warrant on June 14 for an outstanding bench warrant. During the booking process, correction officers found a green leafy substance suspected to be marijuana, according to the affidavit, filed by a member of the Region IV Narcotics Task Force. A subsequent field test confirmed that it was marijuana.

Two days later, Manzanares was searched again, and five small baggies were found on him.

Authorities say one of those baggies contained suspected heroin. The substance tested positive for heroin in a field test. Other baggies contained Oxycontin.

Authorities were unable to immediately determine what the other two baggies contained, and the contents  were sent to the lab for a positive identification.

“Your affiant suspects that these narcotics that were found on T. Manzanares’ person are used for barter or sale,” the police affidavit states. “T. Manzanares originally turned himself in for an outstanding bench warrant and transported these items hidden in his person.”

A criminal complaint released to the Optic states that Manzanares has been charged with trafficking heroin and Oxycontin, a prescription medication, both second-degree felonies, and with possession with intent to distribute prescription drugs, bringing heroin into a place of imprisonment and possessing with intent to distribute marijuana, all fourth-degree felonies.