Probation Violation Lands Lopez In Jail For A Year

By MAIRE O’NEILL

Los Alamos Daily Post

maire@ladailypost.com 

Probation was revoked Feb. 8 for Melody Lopez, 31, of San Juan Pueblo by Fifth Judicial District Jennifer Attrep and she was remanded to the Los Alamos County Detention Center until Dec. 15.

Lopez was on probation under a global plea agreement reached in 2015 on a Los Alamos County case and two Rio Arriba County cases. She pleaded guilty to two counts of burglary of a vehicle and one count of unauthorized use or theft of a credit card of another. Under the agreement, several more counts of unauthorized use of a credit card, one count of tampering with evidence, two counts of larceny and one count of criminal damage to property were dismissed.

​Lopez was granted a conditional discharge, placed on three years of supervised probation and required to pay restitution. According to Probation and Parole officials, in November she attempted to falsify a urinalysis and was found with a container of fake urine on her person. She was placed on the random urinalysis call line but failed to call in after Nov. 27. On Dec. 15 she reported to her probation officer that she had used cocaine and was placed in custody.

While incarcerated in the Los Alamos County Detention Center Dec. 19, detention officers located morphine, Suboxone, Clonazapan, two orange needle caps and the barrel and plunger of a hypodermic needle in Lopez’s bra and she was charged with two counts of misdemeanor possession of a controlled substance, one count of felony possession of a controlled substance and two counts of possession of drug paraphernalia.

Feb. 9, Assistant District Attorney Kent Wahlquist dismissed the Dec. 19 charges under an agreement in which Lopez admitted to violating her probation and was sentenced to a year in jail.

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