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State throws out drug charges

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By Lee Einer

The state has dropped drug charges against Anthony Leroy Benavidez.

Marc Grano, Benavidez’s attorney, said the dismissal came less than two hours before a hearing that would have brought into question the reliability of Michael Strand Jr., the confidential informant in the case.

Strand is currently in custody awaiting trial on charges that he stabbed to death, and then set on fire, Roberto Mendez in Mora.

District Attorney Richard Flores said the decision to dismiss the case was based in part on a recording provided by Grano the day before.


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