Two men face meth trafficking charges
Jerry Rash and George Miller are accused of drug trafficking after Farmington police found about 2.9 pounds of meth in their vehicle.
FARMINGTON — Two men are accused of drug trafficking after Farmington police found about 2.9 pounds of methamphetamine in a vehicle earlier this month.
Felony charges were filed Thursday against Jerry Rash, 24, and George Miller, 46, for trafficking a controlled substance and for conspiracy to commit trafficking, according to court records.
Neither man had retained legal representation as of today, according to court records.
On March 3, Farmington police officers found three bundles of meth while executing a search warrant on a vehicle driven by Miller, according to the arrest warrant affidavit.
The vehicle was pulled over by Farmington police at 12:39 a.m. on March 3 in the parking lot of the La Quinta Inn at 675 Scott Ave. Officers observed Miller was driving without a seat belt on, according to affidavit.
Miller and Rash were in a vehicle along with Claudio Baca, 37, and Lindsay Lagon, 27, at the time.
The occupants were en route to Grand Junction, Colo., from Grants, according to court documents.
Rash was arrested at the scene on an outstanding warrant filed in Mora Magistrate Court, according to court records. Lagon was arrested for a Colorado parole violation, according to the affidavit.
During Rash's arrest, one of the officers observed a pipe and a bag containing a white substance in a shoe box in the vehicle.
After a consent to search the vehicle was declined, a K-9 unit was called to the scene. The K-9 "positively alerted" officers to the presence of narcotic odor, according to court documents.
The vehicle was secured and transported to the Farmington police impound lot. The white powder was tested and identified as methamphetamine.
Two of the meth bundles were wrapped in cellophane and weighed approximately 16.4 and 16.5 ounces each.
The third bundle of meth weighed about 14 ounces and was found in a clear plastic bag, according to court documents.
Miller is being held on a $35,000 cash-only bond, and Rash is being held on a $25,523 cash-only bond at the San Juan County Adult Detention Center.
Miller and Rash are set for a preliminary hearing at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday in Farmington Magistrate Court.
Joshua Kellogg covers crime, courts and social issues for The Daily Times. He can be reached at 505-564-4627.