Local man sentenced on drug trafficking charges

Allen Goossen, 30, was sentenced to 90 months in prison, according to a U.S. Department of Justice press release.

Joshua Kellogg,
Allen Goossen

FARMINGTON – A Farmington man was sentenced to more than seven years in prison after pleading guilty to heroin trafficking charges in federal court.

Allen Goossen, 30, was sentenced Monday to 90 months in prison for a conviction on distribution of heroin and possession of heroin with intent to distribute charges, according to a U.S. Department of Justice press release.

The Daily Times reported Goossen was arrested in February 2016 on allegations he sold about 6 grams of heroin to an undercover agent from the Region II Narcotics Taskforce in December 2014.

He was also accused of possessing 5.95 grams of heroin with the intent to distribute in January 2015. Goossen pleaded guilty to the charges at a hearing on April 15.

Goossen was given an enhanced sentence to protect the public and to “promote deterrence,” as the convictions only involved 12 grams of heroin, according to the press release.

The court cited charges that Goossen allegedly fatally injected Bryan Sutton with heroin in November 2014, according to the press release. He is currently facing two felony drug trafficking charges related to Sutton’s death.

The court said that there is “clear and convincing” evidence that Goossen caused the death of Sutton, the press release states, adding that the victim’s death had a “reasonably foreseeable effect” on Goossen's actions and he continued to distribute heroin afterwards.

Arlon Stoker, the attorney representing Goossen on the charges related to Sutton’s death, said he did not approve of the New Mexico U.S. Attorney’s Office making the statements in the press release.

“The U.S. Attorney had no business commenting on the evidence of the case he is not involved with at all,” Stoker said.

Stoker added that the statements could affect a prospective jury pool for a trial scheduled to start on Feb. 8 in district court.

Dustin O'Brien, San Juan County Chief Deputy District Attorney, said the statement related to Sutton’s death would not affect the case against Goossen. The evidence cited Monday’s ruling is not part of state of New Mexico's case, he said.

Joshua Kellogg covers education for The Daily Times. He can be reached at 505-564-4627.