Byron Henderson, seated, speaks with Probation Ofc. Linda Pena and Police Ofc. David Bradshaw at the Justice Center Wednesday prior to being taken into custody. Photo by Maire O’Neill/ladailypost
Byron Henderson of Los Alamos, one of seven people arrested March 20 during Operation Spring Cleaning, is back in jail for allegedly violating one of the conditions of his pre-trial release by testing positive for methamphetamines.
Henderson’s arrest Wednesday comes three days after Amanda Osborne was arrested after she also tested positive for methamphetamines. Osborne is another Operation Spring Cleaning suspect.
Both Henderson and Osborne had been released on their own recognizance March 23 after their first appearances before Magistrate Judge Pat Casados. Both are on the docket for preliminary hearings May 11.
Henderson was charged with three counts of trafficking a controlled substance, one count of selling, disposing, possessing dangerous drugs – conditions for sale, and one count of conspiracy to sell, dispose of, possess dangerous drugs during the drug sting operation conducted by Los Alamos Police Department and other law enforcement agencies.
Henderson was slated earlier in the day for a preliminary examination on charges of trafficking a controlled substance and use or possession of drug paraphernalia from a Feb. 3 arrest and a pre-trial hearing on charges of driving without a license and possession of drug paraphernalia from a Feb. 18 arrest. Those hearings had been continued to May 11 prior to the violation of conditions of release issue.
When he re-entered the courtroom, Henderson appeared distressed and incredulous. Probation officer Linda Pena informed Casados that he had tested positive for methamphetamines. Casados asked her how long methamphetamines stay in the system and Pena said two days. Henderson listed the prescribed medications he is taking and Pena said none of them would cause him to test positive for methamphetamines. Henderson said he had not done meth in well over two weeks. He said he had just been working, that he hadn’t had a drop of alcohol, that he didn’t know what he could have taken but that he knew he had not taken methamphetamines.
Pena recommended that Henderson be taken into custody until the district attorney had a chance to review his conditions for release. Casados told Henderson he is under arrest until the district attorney reviews his case. He responded by assuring her that he had not done anything.
“Then your test should have been negative,” Casados replied.