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Deputy pleads no contest to heroin-filled burrito charges

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Screenshot of 'The Academy' via Hulu

Henry Marin on the the Fox reality show 'The Academy.'

A sheriff's deputy has pleaded no contest to charges that he smuggled a burrito full of heroin into a courthouse jail.

The Los Angeles County district attorney's office says 27-year-old Henry Marin entered pleas Monday in Superior Court to one count each of bringing drugs into a jail and conspiracy to commit a crime.

In early 2010, Marin conspired with at least one person to transport drugs into an airport-area courthouse, according to the indictment.

Marin, who was relieved of duty, at one time starred on the Fox reality show, "The Academy," and was kicked off for poor performance. He will be sentenced in June and faces up to two years in prison.


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Authorities announce major heroin bust in Redlands; 20 people arrested


Law enforcement officials say they have taken down a dangerous drug ring in eastern San Bernardino County, arresting 20 people believed to be trafficking in Mexican “tar” heroin.

Authorities from the Redlands Police Department, the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency announced yesterday that they have been working for 10 months to catch these people -- ever since they realized local drug users were overdosing on the high-quality tar.

“The investigation was launched in June 2011 after Redlands police noted a growing number of heroin-related arrests and overdoses in 2010 and early 2011,” Redlands police said in a statement. “Since August 2010, 11 residents of Redlands and the surrounding communities between the ages of 18 and 26 have died as a result of heroin overdose.”


Simi Valley addresses a heroin 'epidemic'

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Simi Valley residents spoke to NBC LA about what's being calling a heroin "epidemic" in their middle and upper-middle class region. Some community members said they moved to the area to avoid "big city problems," but after 14 people died of heroin overdoses last year, it was time to search for solutions. Drug experts say a heroin epidemic in a place like Simi Valley often begins with children taking prescription medications found in their homes. They move on to other drugs when, according to local parent Michael Cook, they realize that "heroin is a lot cheaper and a lot easier to get." Community members and parents met Monday to discuss the critical situation at a city council meeting.


Heroin burrito was smuggled into LA jail, suspected deputy 'wasn't one of our best,' said LASD

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Heroin was the secret ingredient in a bean and cheese burrito that was smuggled into a Los Angeles courthouse jail allegedly by a sheriff's deputy. Ths suspected deputy at one time starred on the Fox reality show "The Academy," and was kicked off for poor performance.

Charged with bringing drugs into a jail and conspiracy to commit a crime, 27-year-old deputy Henry Marin surrendered to fellow deputies at the South Los Angeles station on Wednesday. Marin pleaded not guilty to charges related to the contraband nosh and was relieved of duty. He was released from custody on Wednesday on $25,000 bail.

"We take this very seriously," said L.A. County Sheriff's Department spokesman Steve Whitmore, reports the L.A. Times. "This kind of behavior is absolutely inexcusable for anybody, especially a law enforcement representative. Of Marin's performance on "The Academy," Whitmore said, "He certainly wasn't one of our best."