Nonprofit suspends Sanchez

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By Martin Salazar

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northern New Mexico has suspended one of its employees after the man was arrested last Friday on drug trafficking charges.

Andrea Maril, the organization’s chief executive officer, confirmed to the Optic that Raymond J. Sanchez, 32, who resides at 1302 Second Street, has been suspended without pay pending the organization’s own investigation.

“We did do very thorough background checks  on him initially, and they all came back clear, as did his references,” Maril said.

Sanchez, a counselor with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northern New Mexico, has been charged with trafficking cocaine, conspiracy to traffic cocaine, distribution of marijuana, conspiracy to commit distribution of marijuana, all felonies, and with a misdemeanor count of possession of drug paraphernalia.

The Region IV Narcotics Task Force arrested Sanchez after executing a search warrant on his home and finding cocaine, and marijuana.