Farmington couple charged after police raid

Steve Garrison
Robert Organ Sr.

FARMINGTON — A local couple was arrested last week after a police raid in October allegedly turned up drugs and stolen documents at their Farmington home.

Robert Organ Sr. was charged March 31 in Farmington Magistrate Court with being a felon in possession of a firearm, eight counts of receiving stolen property and more than a dozen drug offenses.

Christine Penman was charged the same day with eight counts of receiving stolen property and multiple drug offenses.

Penman, 47, was being held at San Juan County Adult Detention Center on a $50,000 cash-only bond, according to court records.

Christine Penman

Organ, 57, was being held on a $150,000 cash-only bond, records state.

Organ's attorney, Mark Curnutt, did not respond to a request for comment. Records indicate Penman had not yet retained legal representation.

Farmington and San Juan County SWAT officers executed a search warrant Oct. 29 at a residence at 6703 E. Main St. in Farmington, according to an arrest warrant affidavit.

At the residence, officers found Penman and Organ, both of whom lived there with Penman's adult son, the affidavit states. Four other individuals were also at the residence when the search warrant was executed, according to the affidavit.

Police searched the residence and discovered in a master bedroom a .45-caliber pistol, approximately two ounces of marijuana, a half-gram of methamphetamine and dozens of prescription pills, including narcotics, according to the affidavit.

The couple did not have prescriptions for the medication, the affidavit states.

Police also found sensitive documents — social security cards, driver's licenses and a car title — at the residence that did not appear to belong to Penman or Organ, the affidavit states.

One man told police his wallet was stolen in mid-October while he was staying at a motel in Farmington. An identification card belonging to him was located in the couple's residence, according to the affidavit.

Penman and Organ did not provide statements to police, the affidavit states.

They are both scheduled to appear Wednesday at preliminary examination hearings.

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