ALBUQUERQUE - Prosecutors on Monday asked a state district judge to review five-time world champion boxer Johnny Tapia's conditions of release after learning that he failed a drug test at a rehabilitation center where he was getting treatment.
Judge Kenneth Martinez agreed Friday to let the boxer leave the Second Chance treatment program after he completed his stay. Tapia checked himself into the program after pleading guilty in May to a felony drug possession charge.
Under the conditions of release, the judge placed Tapia in a community custody program that requires him to wear an ankle monitor. Tapia also must be tested for drugs.
Assistant District Attorney Mark Drebing said he filed a motion asking Martinez to review the conditions after he got a call from Second Chance saying that Tapia had tested positive for drugs. It was not clear what drugs or when.
Drebing said he expected a new hearing on Tapia's case some time this week.
Tapia has a history of cocaine use and run-ins with the law. He was suspended from boxing from October 1990 to March 1994 after testing positive for cocaine.
Tapia, 40, had negotiated a plea agreement a day before his drug possession case was to go before a grand jury. He was required to enter an inpatient treatment program during an 18-month probation.
He wasted no time and admitted himself on the day of his plea into the Second Chance program, a controversial program with roots in Scientology.
Tapia had been taken to an Albuquerque hospital March 12 after paramedics responded to his hotel room following a call from his wife and manager, Teresa Tapia, who reported he wasn't breathing.
Police have said they found three baggies of cocaine in the hotel room.