You should find yourself a local criminal
lawyer who can practice in both the state and Federal court systems. This looks to me as if it may be a much bigger thing than just one woman walking into prison with contraband.
The Department of Corrections routinely monitors (and may even record) all inmate phone calls. If you are being told that this may be charged as a Federal offense, then the authorities believe there may be a drug ring working to smuggle illicit substances into the prison, and they want that ring shut down.
You may know only one little piece of this -- the part that involved you -- but when the Feds get involved in a drug conspiracy
case they cast a wide net, which makes you (even if you were misled and/or coerced into cooperating in the enterprise and know nothing about drugs) a target of their investigation
, possibly only a low-level target but a target all the same, and a defendant.
It's been my experience that if the Federal government is possibly going to take on a case, the state won't prosecute. The charges you face are felony charges in New Mexico, however, and it's too early to say for sure whether the case will proceed against you on a state or Federal level. So the sooner you have an attorney, the better you will be prepared for any kind of an emergency. You don't have to do more than consult with one now, but you do want one you can call upon if there's sudden action on either the state or Federal front or if you are called and asked to give any authorities information regarding the incident or the background.
You are not the heavy here. but this is a very serious matter nevertheless. You need to get started right away on damage control.
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