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Friday, April 29, 2005

Judge Gets Envelope Containing Marijuana From Prisoner


AZTEC, N.M. -- A letter containing marijuana that arrived for state District Judge Thomas Hynes Monday was allegedly sent by a San Juan County Detention Center prisoner.

In the letter, prisoner Craig Hopkins apologized for violating his probation.

Marijuana leaves were in the envelope.

The county's corrections director, Tom Havel, said the discovery prompted a six-hour shakedown in Hopkins' cellblock, but no other drugs were found.

Havel said the marijuana could have been smuggled into the jail in a prisoner's body cavity – but Hopkins isn't talking with jail officials

Hopkins already faces charges ranging from possession of a controlled substance to driving while intoxicated and battery on a household member.


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