Farmington woman charged with drug trafficking

Joshua Kellogg
  • April Wade faces three felonies, including drug trafficking and bringing contraband into a jail.
  • Luis Lucero Jr. has been charged with conspiracy to commit drug trafficking and possession of a controlled substance.
  • Police found meth and marijuana when they pulled over Wade and Lucero, according to court documents.
April Wade

FARMINGTON — Two Farmington residents are facing drug charges and one of the two also has been charged with drug trafficking after police discovered she was allegedly carrying plastic bags with methamphetamine and marijuana as she was booked into the San Juan County Adult Detention Center.

April Wade, 38, and Luis Lucero Jr., 42, were charged Feb. 20 in Farmington Magistrate Court, according to court records.

Lucero was charged with two felonies, including conspiracy to commit drug trafficking and possession of a controlled substance, according to court records. He has nine previous felony convictions, six of them drug-related, according to court records.

Wade was charged with three felonies, including drug trafficking, tampering with evidence and bringing contraband into a jail, according to the criminal complaint. She has been previously convicted of two felony drug charges, according to court records.

Wade's public defender, Graham Gurnee, did not respond to requests for comment today. In court documents, Lucero did not list an attorney to represent him in the case.

Wade and Lucero were arrested on Feb. 19 after a Farmington police officer pulled them over for allegedly failing to stop at a stop sign.

While searching Lucero during the traffic stop, the officer found a black-tinted plastic bag with a white crystal-like substance identified as meth, according to the criminal complaint against him.

Wade admitted to the officer that a plastic bag with marijuana, which was on her seat, belonged to her, according to court documents.

Luis Lucero Jr.

Both Lucero and Wade were transported to the detention center and searched.

After they were searched, a jail employee noticed a black-tinted plastic bag in the room where the search was conducted, according to court documents. The bag contained four small plastic bags with meth and one with marijuana.

While reviewing surveillance video from the jail's cameras, the arresting officer observed a plastic bag fall out of Wade's pants, according to court documents. The officer noted it appeared that Wade kicked the bag out of sight.

When asked later about the bag, Wade allegedly told police the bag did not belong to her.

Lucero initially told the officer the meth and marijuana did not belong to him. He later said he and Wade worked together to sell off portions of an "eight ball" of meth, which is about 3.5 grams, and planned to share the profits, according to court documents.

Lucero is being held on a $90,000 cash-only bond and Wade is being held on a $85,000 cash-only bond at the detention center, according to court records.

Joshua Kellogg covers crime, courts and social issues for The Daily Times. He can be reached at 505-564-4627.