January 28, 2010 12:06 am
Deputies honed in on two suspects after monitoring a jail phone call.
THE PUEBLO CHIEFTAIN
Phil Martinez, 26, was arrested on suspicion of attempting to introduce contraband into the jail, after he was observed walking into the Division C courtroom and dropping a bag of narcotics in the jury box, the Sheriff's office said.
Sheriff's detectives said the narcotics were intended for Martinez's girlfriend, Felisha Trujillo, 22, an inmate at the jail who was due in court for a sentencing that day.
Martinez is being held on additional charges of possession of a controlled substance, unlawful distribution of a controlled substance, conspiracy and two counts of violating a restraining order.
Trujillo is being held on suspicion of introduction of contraband, possession of a controlled substance and conspiracy. Deputies said they learned of Martinez's plan to deliver the drugs to his girlfriend by monitoring a phone call between the two earlier in the day.
Deputy Laurie Kilpatrick said the sheriff's office worked with District Judge Victor Reyes to monitor the courtroom.
At 11 a.m., detectives observed Martinez walk into the empty courtroom and drop the bag of narcotics in the jury box.
Martinez was arrested by deputies as he left the judicial building.
AP / January 28, 2010
This photo provided by the Pubelo County Detention Center shows Felisha Trujillo, who Pueblo County authorities say tried, with her boyfriend, to get narcotics into jail, Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2010 through a courtroom exchange at her own sentencing hearing. (AP Photo/Pubelo County Detention Center)