Farmington man pleads guilty to drug charges

Farmington Daily Times
David Nathan Kingsbeck

FARMINGTON — A Farmington man pleaded guilty to drug trafficking and firearms charges today Monday in federal court, according to a press release from the U.S. Department of Justice.

David Kingsbeck, 43, of Farmington was arrested in March for allegedly trafficking methamphetamine and selling about 57 grams of meth to an undercover law enforcement officer in February.

He and his co-defendant, Rupesh Bhakta, 38, of Farmington, allegedly met the officer at a Farmington grocery store to sell the officer drugs.

During the hearing today Monday, Kingsbeck admitted to selling heroin, a firearm and ammunition to an undercover officer in December 2015, according to the press release. He was prohibited from possessing firearms and ammunition due to prior felony convictions. He had previously been convicted for criminal conspiracy theft and an escape attempt.

He was also charged with being a felon in possession of a firearm on July 1, 2015, according to the press release.

Kingsbeck faces a statutory maximum penalty of 20 years in federal prison, according to the press release. A sentencing hearing has not yet been scheduled.