Kirtland man pleads guilty to meth trafficking

The Daily Times staff
Kirk Castor

FARMINGTON — A Kirtland man has pleaded guilty to a methamphetamine trafficking charge in federal court.

Kirk Castor, 36, is one of eight San Juan County residents arrested by the Region II Narcotics Task Force — a group of area of law enforcement officers — and Homeland Security Investigations agents on May 11, according to a U.S. Department of Justice press release.

The eight men were arrested in connection to a meth trafficking organization on the Navajo Nation that was allegedly operated by three Mexican nationals.

Castor was arrested and charged for distributing meth on two days in April 2015 in San Juan County, according to the release.

The release states he pleaded guilty on Friday and admitted to selling 0.7 grams of meth to an undercover officer on April 1, 2015, and 42 grams on April 3, 2015.

Castor currently faces a maximum sentence of 20 years in federal prison. A sentencing hearing has not yet been scheduled.

Including Castor, six of the eight residents who were arrested this spring have pleaded guilty and are awaiting sentencing. Manuel Ruiz and Troy Begay, both of Kirtland, entered not guilty pleas and are awaiting trial, according to a spokeswoman for the U.S. Attorney's Office in New Mexico.