Man charged in shooting also faces drug charges

Steve Garrison
Marcus Elliott McGee

FARMINGTON — Marcus McGee, the 41-year-old accused of attempted murder in a shooting on New Year's Day, has been arrested on drug charges.

Agents with the Region II Narcotics Taskforce executed a search warrant on Feb. 16 at McGee's home on Walnut Drive in Farmington, according to an arrest warrant affidavit. Agents seized from the residence multiple cellphones, drug paraphernalia and prescription pills, the affidavit states.

McGee was questioned by police on Feb. 16, but he was not arrested on charges of dangerous drug and paraphernalia possession until Thursday, according to court records.

McGee was out of jail on an $80,000 bond when the warrant was executed. He had been arrested Jan. 1 for allegedly shooting Shah Malik, 59, at Malik's residence at 1204 N. Wall Ave. in Farmington.

Malik told The Daily Times that he was shot five times, including twice in the head. He said he managed to crawl to a neighbor's residence after the shooting and notify police.

"To get hit five times by a .380, everyone says you're lucky," Malik previously told The Daily Times. "No, that's God's work."

McGee has been charged with attempted first-degree murder and evidence tampering in connection to that shooting.

His attorney, Scott Curtis, did not respond on Monday to a request for comment.

In two separate criminal cases, McGee was also charged on Thursday with three counts of drug trafficking on allegations he sold narcotics to an informant in July.

The informant allegedly purchased an unspecified amount of methamphetamine and heroin from McGee on July 6 at the Royal Inn Motel, according to court records.

On July 15, the informant allegedly purchased an unspecified amount of heroin from McGee at the Rimrock Lodge, records state.

Sgt. Kyle Dowdy, of the narcotics taskforce, said his agency did not file charges against McGee sooner because of concerns it would endanger the informant.

"If we use a confidential informant, we may wait to drop a warrant," Dowdy said. "Another reason (to wait) is to build a stronger case."

McGee's cash-only bonds in the drug cases total $90,000.

He is scheduled to appear at a preliminary examination hearing on March 16.

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