Created: 05/05/2014 10:19 PM
By: Chris Ramirez, KOB Eyewitness News 4
An Albuquerque man is accused of posing as an attorney to smuggle in controlled narcotics into the Bernalillo County Metropolitan Detention Center for his nephew, who is an inmate.
According to the Bernalillo County Sheriff's Office, 60-year-old Robert Cordova created a fake card identifying him as a member of the State Bar of New Mexico. He labeled files as "legal" and "confidential" to avoid scrutiny by correction officers. Investigators believe Cordova slipped in the drug Soboxone into the files and successfully got it past MDC's security and into the hands of his nephew, Justin Cordova.
"Our officers actually gathered intel and caught this immediately," MDC Deputy Chief Donald Vigil said.
Legal paperwork is privileged information and protected from viewership beyond the client and his/her attorney. Deputies say the nephew-uncle duo got away with the ploy for two months before getting caught.
MDC hasn't changed any policies yet, but are reviewing policy to see if anything can be changed.