Dona Ana County inmate facing contraband charges

Created: 03/22/2014 10:01 AM
By: The Associated Press

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — An inmate at the Dona Ana County Detention Center is facing more charges after allegedly trying to smuggle heroin and other contraband into the facility.

Jail officials say 33-year-old Anthony Ghalayni returned to the jail Thursday as part of his work-release sentence imposed for an aggravated DWI conviction.

A jail officer reported seeing Ghalayni remove a black casing from his body cavity, then clean it and put it in a soap box and hide it under his cell's mattress.

Authorities say Khalayni now faces criminal charges of possession of a narcotic.

They say he also faces disciplinary action for possession of tobacco and possession of a lighter inside the detention facility, making a false statement to officers, violating detention-center rules and violating his work-release conditions.

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