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Farmington couple arrested, cocaine found in child’s waistband

John Paul Trujillo
Sandoval County

On April 14, deputies with the Sandoval County Sheriff’s Office arrested two individuals from Farmington on charges of possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute, tampering with evidence, child abuse, contributing to the delinquency of a minor, and conspiracy.

A deputy observed a white Mazda traveling north on US 550. The driver was unable to maintain a single lane of traffic and was stopped at mile marker 29. The deputy became suspicious and obtained a written consent to search. During the search, the driver opened the trunk and picked up a blue backpack, which she handed to a juvenile in the back seat.

The deputy observed the juvenile attempting to place a clear plastic bag containing a white powder in his pants pocket. At this time the driver attempted to block the deputy’s view and refused to move away from the vehicle.

The deputy assisted the driver in moving and asked both juveniles to exit the vehicle. He searched the juvenile whom he had observed with the plastic bag, but he was unable to locate the bag. He then observed the six-year old male holding his midsection. This juvenile appeared to be concealing an item under his shirt. The deputy located a clear plastic bag containing a white powder concealed in the juvenile’s waistband.

The adults were placed under arrest with the assistance of the San Ysidro marshal and transported to the San Ysidro Marshal’s Office. The vehicle was also taken to the San Ysidro Marshal’s Office.

A detective with the Sandoval County Sheriff’s Office was notified and responded to the San Ysidro Marshal’s Office. Interviews were conducted with the two suspects. Detectives searched the vehicle and located a second bag of white powder concealed in the vehicle.

The white powder was field tested and did test positive for cocaine. Detectives took possession of the controlled substance, which was tagged into evidence. The substance will be sent to the state crime laboratory for analysis.

The Children Youth and Families department and Juvenile Probation were notified The suspects were booked into the Sandoval County Detention Center on the above charges.

The case is under investigation.


Pueblos use tradition to battle SIDS

Michelle Melendez
New Mexico Department of Health
District 1

The pueblos of Cochiti, Santo Domingo, Santa Ana, Zia, San Felipe, Sandia, and Jemez are teaming up with the Sandoval County Community Health Alliance and the New Mexico Department of Health to bring awareness to their communities about sudden infant death syndrome through revitalization of cultural traditions.

SIDS has been one of the top three single causes of infant death in New Mexico for many years, but death rates have dropped dramatically since 1995, when the New Mexico Department of Health started pushing the “Back to Sleep” campaign that taught parents to put babies to bed on their backs.

The tribes hope to expand on that message with Pueblo-specific teachings.

A $5,000 grant for focus groups will help decide how educational materials should be worded and presented in order to be culturally appropriate and respectful. The final product of the work could include an educational curriculum, pamphlets with Pueblo motifs and symbols, and possibly an educational video.

Some of the initial talks have centered on the importance of traditional practices such as the use of cradle boards.

Conducting the focus groups will be Della Tenorio, Santo Domingo; Constance Anderson, Sandia; Jean Pino, Santa Ana and Zia; and Christina Trujillo, Cochiti. Other representatives are invited from San Felipe and Jemez. For more information, contact Dolores Griego at 867-7553.


Is your number up?

Community Service Interest group
Jardineros de Placitas

If not, pick a new one up for free at the Placitas Flea Market or on Placitas Appreciation Day at Homestead Village. Ask yourself, If I call 911 on a dark moonless night when seconds count, could the drivers of emergency or police vehicles readily find my house?

Sandoval County has a law requiring you to have either reflective or illuminated large (minimum 3.5 inches high) address signs easily visible from the end of your driveway or access to your house.

Members of the community service group from Jardineros De Placitas are working in cooperation with the Placitas Volunteer Fire Department and the Sandoval County Zoning Board to distribute reflective numbers to replace those worn out or lost. They also have applications for numbers for new homes.

For your convenience, club members will have the numbers available at the flea market by the Merc on May 8 and June 12 and on Appreciation Day on May 15.

Save a life—your own. Help emergency vehicles find you.




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