Las Cruces city employee suspected of selling cocaine while on the job
LAS CRUCES, N.M. (CBS4) —
A city employee in Las Cruces is accused of trafficking drugs while on the job.
The arrest was made at the Mesilla Valley Intermodal Transit Center on February 8th.
The bust was part of an ongoing investigation by metro narcotics agents after suspicion that an employee was selling drugs.
Police say they were tipped off by someone claiming Ernesto Garcia-Quintana was selling illicit drugs on the job.
He’s an employee with the city of Las Cruces’ Roadrunner Transit.
Metro narcotics agents say they found 18 individual knotted bags filled with cocaine in Quintana’s pocket.
Agents say they also found $1,000 in denominations of $20’s in Quintana’s other pocket.
Investigators say the amount that was found was an indication that Quintana was trafficking drugs while on the job.
On Tuesday, people in Las Cruces and those who use the transit said if the allegations are true against the city employee, this behavior is unacceptable.
“Any employee anywhere shouldn’t have any drugs on them. That’s on their own time not when you’re dealing with the public or private individuals in public,” Rick Eldridge said.
“They fly under the radar and pull some strings, especially with us being a smaller city. It’s weird that that happens right under our noses and we don’t even realize it,” Nicolas Garris-Heath said.
Quintana has already posted bond and is now out of jail.
On Tuesday, human resources of Las Cruces confirmed Quintana is still an active employee with the city.