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Doña Ana County Sheriff Enrique “Kiki” Vigil has taken control of the county jail, whose administrator was arrested early Tuesday.
Vigil confirmed the arrest of jail administrator Chris Barela on an embezzlement charge during a meeting of the county commission Tuesday morning. Vigil also told commissioners his department is taking control of the jail.
The sheriff released few other details.
Reached by phone, county spokesman Jess Williams said he would defer comment to the sheriff. Kelly Jameson, a spokeswoman for the sheriff’s department, could not immediately be reached.