Albuquerque city employee faces drug charges
Posted at: 08/17/2012 5:06 PM
| Updated at: 08/17/2012 5:30 PM
By: KOB.com staff
An Albuquerque city employee is facing charges after Los Lunas police said they found a pot farm in his home.
Police raided Joe Benavidez's Los Lunas home Wednesday. Officers said they found 128 marijuana plants and more than three pounds of pot ready for sale.
The drugs are worth about $270,000, authorities said. Police said they also found a handgun in the home.
Benavidez is a city Transit Department employee.
According to a city spokesperson, an internal investigation is underway.
The spokeperson said Benavidez is currently on vacation, and should be returning to work Monday. At that time, he will be temporarily reassigned to cleaning buses until the investigation and adminsitrative process in complete.
More arrests are expected in connection with the case.