Murder suspect accused of trying to mail drugs to himself in jail
June 16, 2017 06:54 PM
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- A suspected murderer is now facing additional felony charges after investigators say he was caught trying to sneak drugs into jail.
Joshua Taramasco faces a slew of new charges including conspiracy and bringing contraband into a jail. Taramasco was already in jail charged with murder. He and three others are accused of bludgeoning a woman to death two years ago at a northeast Albuquerque home.
According to court documents, in February a mail clerk at the Metropolitan Detention Center noticed a piece of mail addressed to Taramasco that looked "fake." Its return label stated it was from Taramasco's public defender.
The jail called Taramasco’s public defender and learned the letter was not actually from the attorney.
The criminal complaint states "the documents contain subjects such as 'how to deal with your crazy boss', 'divorce', 'stress management', and 'how people actually fought with swords.'"
The mail clerk "found this information to be irrelevant and odd for a criminal case." The mail clerk then found "27 strips of Suboxone 'hidden' in the paperwork."
Court documents state Taramasco made contact with people outside the jail and planned to use his defense attorney's credentials to try and bypass security to sneak the drugs into jail and sell them.
Taramasco’s defense attorney, Gary Mitchel, said he was still representing Taramasco as of Friday.
Updated: June 16, 2017 06:54 PM
Created: June 16, 2017 06:23 PM
Copyright 2017 KOB-TV LLC, a Hubbard Broadcasting Company. All rights reserved