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Drug charges brought against imprisoned Medina Cardona


“Barely having started his lengthy sentence for taking the life of a woman, Jensen Medina continues to break the law inside prison,” Justice Secretary Diego Emanuelli Hernández said in a written statement.


By THE STAR STAFF


Justice Secretary Domingo Emanuelli Hernández announced Thursday that the Bayamón Prosecutor’s Office filed charges against Jensen Medina Cardona for the alleged introduction of drugs and a cell phone into the Bayamón Regional Jail, where he is serving a sentence for murder.


“Barely having started his lengthy sentence for taking the life of a woman, Jensen Medina continues to break the law inside prison,” the Justice secretary said in a written statement. “The Department of Justice has a duty to prosecute these illegal acts that also affect the correctional population.”


After hearing the evidence presented by the public prosecutor, Bayamón Superior Court Judge Gloria de Jesús determined cause for arrest and imposed a bail of $46,000. A preliminary hearing was scheduled for Jan. 24.


According to the investigation, on Dec. 14, a routine search was carried out at the Bayamón Regional Prison. In Medina Cardona’s cell, 75 decks of heroin, a bag of cocaine and a Nokia cell phone were allegedly found.


Given those facts, prosecutor Mónica Pérez Díaz filed two charges for violations of the Controlled Substances Act, related to the possession and distribution of drugs; one count under Article 277 of the Penal Code of Puerto Rico, on the possession and introduction of objects into a penal establishment; and one count of violating Law 15-2011, which prohibits the possession and use of cell phones by people confined in the island’s penal institutions.


Officer Lisbell Mateo Rivera, of the Puerto Rico Police Bureau’s Drug Division, worked on the investigation with the Prosecutor’s Office.

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