SANTA FE, N.M. (KRQE) – A man trusted to keep prisoners in line found himself behind bars for having meth on the job. News 13 is learning that this is not the first time he has been in the public eye.
The Santa Fe County corrections officer now facing drug charges was once on a reality TV show where he was even praised for his good work. “This is the life of a corrections officer right here,” Lt. Cohen Mangin said on the show. “It doesn’t get any better than this.”
Before Mangin was accused this week of carrying around a bag of meth on the job, he was first thrust into the spotlight as a rookie on the A&E show Behind Bars: Rookie Year. “When you are coming in on the first day, you have butterflies and you don’t know what to expect,” Mangin said on the show.
The show highlights corrections officer recruits who are in training or working at the Penitentiary of New Mexico. Clips from several episodes posted to Youtube in 2015 and 2016 show Mangin interacting with inmates and praised by his superiors. “Mangin has been an excellent new officer on the line,” one said.
On Thursday, the corrections officer found himself behind bars after he admitted bringing meth to work. An officer found a bag of meth near the main entrance.
According to a report, surveillance video showed Mangin drop it. At first, Mangin denied knowing anything, but when investigators said he was caught on camera, Mangin changed his story saying he used it during his break to stay awake.
He was charged with bringing contraband into jail and possession of a controlled substance. Mangin was booked into the same jail where he worked, but he was released Friday afternoon.
News 13 reached out to the detention facility for comment, but we did not hear back.