Inmate suffers apparent overdose after hiding drugs inside body

Created: 08/19/2014 9:33 AM
By: Elizabeth Reed,

Dona Ana County Dentention Center officials say a 28-year-old inmate is recovering after suffering an apparent overdose in his booking cell.

Officers found Ernest Lucero unresponsive last Thursday. Paramedics transported him to the hospital, where medical personnel discovered a bag containing what they suspected to be heroin inside his anal cavity.

According to the Dona Ana Sheriff's Office, the bag is believed to have leaked an overdose of the drug into Lucero's system.

Lucero was being held on a bench warrant for failure to appear in court. He now faces additional charges in connection to the incident.

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