Two women sentenced on meth trafficking charges
FARMINGTON — Two local women were sentenced this week in district court for methamphetamine trafficking convictions.
Victoria Voita, 54, was arrested April 16, 2015, after her vehicle was stopped by police in San Juan County, according to arrest records. Agents with the Region II Narcotics Task Force found approximately 853.41 grams, or 1.9 pounds, of meth hidden in the vehicle's trunk, records state.
Ambrosia Garcia, 32, was arrested Jan. 6, 2015, after her vehicle was stopped by police at county roads 6675 and 6100 in San Juan County, according to arrest records. Agents found approximately 1,028 grams, or 2.2 pounds, of meth hidden in her vehicle's trunk, records state.
Both women were returning to San Juan County from Phoenix when they were arrested, according to court records, but the investigations into the women's activities were unrelated, according to a press release from the task force.
Garcia was also accused of attempting to obtain pain medication using forged prescriptions in June 2015 and selling meth to confidential informants in July and August 2013, according to court records.
Attorneys representing the women did not respond to requests for comment.
Voita pleaded guilty Feb. 15 to trafficking meth and was sentenced Thursday to seven years in prison, according to San Juan County Assistant District Attorney David Cowen.
Cowen said Garcia pleaded no contest to trafficking meth on March 21 and was sentenced Wednesday to six years in prison.
Cowen said he was satisfied with the women's sentences because they send a message to other drug traffickers in the county.
"When you are caught with that much weight, you face significant time," Cowen said.
Steve Garrison covers crime and courts for The Daily Times. He can be reached at 505-564-4644.