Farmington man charged with drug trafficking

Man arrested in July during police raid

Steve Garrison
David Nathan Kingsbeck

FARMINGTON – A 42-year-old Farmington man arrested in a raid in July by the Region II Narcotics Taskforce faces new charges on allegations he sold heroin and methamphetamine to an undercover task force agent in January.

David Kingsbeck was charged July 2 in Farmington Magistrate Court with 18 felony offenses, including drug trafficking and possession of stolen property, after police executed a search warrant at his residence on East Tycksen Drive.

Farmington police officers and task force agents found stolen dirt bikes, firearms and illicit drugs — including heroin, marijuana and methamphetamine — at the property, according to the arrest warrant affidavit.

Kingsbeck's attorney, James Stackhouse, declined to comment on the case Thursday.

Kingsbeck was initially held on a $200,500 cash-only bond, according to court records, but he was released July 8 on a $25,000 surety bond. Prosecutors allege Kingsbeck continued to sell drugs while out on bond.

Kingsbeck is accused of twice participating in the sale of heroin and methamphetamine to an undercover task force agent in January, according to an arrest warrant affidavit.

On Jan. 5, one of Kingsbeck's associates allegedly sold the agent an unspecified amount of heroin at a grocery store in Farmington, the affidavit states. Kingsbeck sat in a vehicle nearby as the transaction took place, according to the affidavit.

Kingsbeck allegedly also sold small packages of heroin and methamphetamine on Jan. 21 to the undercover agent, the affidavit states. Both transactions were audio and video recorded, according to the affidavit.

Kingsbeck was charged Tuesday with two counts of trafficking a controlled substance and conspiracy to traffic a controlled substance.

Kingsbeck was being held Thursday at the San Juan County Adult Detention Center on a $100,000 cash-only bond. He had not retained legal representation, according to court records.

Steve Garrison covers crime and courts for The Daily Times. He can be reached at 505-564-4644.