Inmate arrested after deputies find heroin in Pueblo jail

Justina Vasquez / Pueblo County Sheriff's Office
Justina Vasquez / Pueblo County Sheriff's Office

PUEBLO, Colo. — A jail inmate is facing additional charges after deputies found heroin during a search Tuesday.

Around 9 p.m. Tuesday, deputies were told there might be drugs in the 3C wing of the jail. The detention supervisor initiated a shake down of the wing. They searched the entire area, including the 40 inmates there.

During the search, a deputy found that inmate Justina Vasquez, 24, “was concealing an unknown substance within her body.” Deputies later determined the substance was heroin.

Vasquez told deputies the heroin was for personal use to help her cope with her own heroin withdrawals while she was in jail.

Deputies said they found 35 grams of heroin with an estimated street value of $1,800.

Heroin found on an inmate in the Pueblo jail / Pueblo County Sheriff's Office
Heroin found on an inmate in the Pueblo jail / Pueblo County Sheriff’s Office

Vasquez was originally jailed on an outstanding warrant for drug possession and a restraining order violation. She’s now facing additional charges of possession with intent to distribute heroin, possession of heroin, introduction of contraband in the first degree, and possession of contraband in the first degree.

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