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AZTEC — Ashley Goodvoyce pleaded not guilty Monday in Aztec district court to charges stemming from evidence tampering at the Farmington Police Department.

San Juan County Chief Deputy District Attorney Dustin O'Brien said his office plans to amend the charges brought against the 28-year-old woman in the next week.

He said the initial charges were filed before the police department determined the total number of items allegedly stolen from the evidence room. The new charges will reflect the incidents of alleged theft discovered through a recent audit, O'Brien said.

Goodvoyce was charged Oct. 17 in Farmington Magistrate Court with embezzlement, tampering with public records, four counts of possession of a controlled substance and 36 counts of acquisition of a controlled substance by misrepresentation, a fourth-degree felony.

However, the charges were amended when the case was bound over to district court. Goodvoyce now faces one count of embezzlement, one count of tampering with evidence and 41 counts of possession of a controlled substance, a misdemeanor offense.

Goodvoyce's attorney, Arlon Stoker, said the initial charges brought against his client could not be supported by the facts alleged in the criminal complaint.

Stoker said he would likely not challenge any new charges brought by prosecutors.

Goodvoyce, a former evidence technician for the police department is accused of stealing more than 600 pills and at least $5,597 in cash while employed by the department.

Steve Garrison covers crime and courts for The Daily Times. He can be reached at 505-564-4644 and stgarrison@daily-times.com. Follow him on Twitter @SteveGarrisonDT on Twitter.

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