Woman charged with smuggling meth into jail

Steve Garrison
Mikel Duggins

FARMINGTON — A 40-year-old woman will appear in court Wednesday on allegations she attempted to smuggle methamphetamine into the county jail.

Mikel Duggins was arrested in the early morning hours on Aug. 24 after Farmington police stopped her vehicle near Cooper Street and North Mesa Verde Avenue, according to an arrest warrant affidavit.

Police noticed a small plastic bag in the vehicle's center console containing a clear, crystal-like substance, which was later identified as methamphetamine, and Duggins and two other passengers were told to exit the vehicle, the affidavit states.

Duggins told police the drugs belonged to David Reimer, one of the vehicle's other occupants, according to the affidavit.

Duggins was taken to the San Juan County Adult Detention Center and strip searched by female guards, the affidavit states.

The guards reported to police they located a small bag of methamphetamine during the strip search, according to the affidavit.

Duggins told police Reimer instructed her to hide the bag when officers initiated the traffic stop, the affidavit states.

Duggins also had $291 hidden in her bra, according to the affidavit.

Duggins is charged in Farmington Magistrate Court with trafficking a controlled substance, a second-degree felony, and bringing contraband onto prison grounds.

Reimer, 34, is charged in the same court with possession of drug paraphernalia.

Duggins has not yet retained legal representation, according to court records.

She is being held at the detention center on a $75,000 bond, records state.

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