Farmington man pleads to heroin trafficking

Steve Garrison
Allen Goossen

FARMINGTON — Allen Goossen, 30, of Farmington, faces up to 20 years in federal prison after pleading guilty in court to heroin trafficking charges.

Goossen was arrested in February 2016 on allegations he sold approximately 6 grams of heroin in December 2014 to an undercover agent from the Region II Narcotics Taskforce, according to a U.S. Department of Justice press release.

He was further accused of possessing with intent to distribute 5.95 grams of heroin on Jan. 5, 2015, the release states.

Goossen pleaded guilty to both the heroin distribution and possession charges at a plea hearing Friday, according to the release. He entered his plea without the benefit of a plea agreement, the release states, and remains in custody pending a sentencing hearing.

Goossen continues to face state charges in the overdose death of 27-year-old Bryan Sutton in November 2014.

Goossen is charged in district court with two trafficking offenses on allegations he injected Sutton with heroin during a house party on Nov. 30, 2014, according to Daily Times archives.

Sutton overdosed and later died at the San Juan Regional Medical Center, according to the archives. Goossen was interviewed by detectives in February 2015 about the death and allegedly confessed to injecting Sutton with the drug, according to the archives.

Goossen's attorney, Arlon Stoker, said Monday he was involved in settlement negotiations with prosecutors to resolve the state charges.

"We have not yet reached a resolution," Stoker said.

Court documents and the DOJ press release have an alternate spelling of Goossen's last name than found in other documents and references.

Goossen was prosecuted in federal court as part of the DOJ's New Mexico Heroin and Opioid Prevention and Education (HOPE) Initiative.

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