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Manuel Jacquez and Yvonne Lovato were recently charged with selling meth

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FARMINGTON — Two people accused of methamphetamine trafficking have been arrested in separate cases as part of a Region II Narcotics Task Force investigation.

Manuel Jacquez, 50, and Yvonne Lovato, 56, recently were charged with trafficking a controlled substance in Aztec Magistrate Court.

They both are accused of selling meth to an undercover agent or confidential informant from the Region II Narcotics Taskforce, according to court documents for both cases.

Attorneys representing the suspects did not respond to requests for comment.

Both Jacquez and Lovato are being charged in relation to actions that allegedly took place in 2015.

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San Juan County Sheriff's Office Sgt. Kevin Burns, an operations supervisor with the Region II Narcotics Task Force, said the decision to file charges against suspects involved in task force investigations is made based on how it might affect other cases and investigations conducted by officers.

He added the safety of officers and informants also is taken into account.

Jacquez is accused of selling an unknown amount of meth to someone working with the Region II Narcotics Task Force on June 30, 2015, according to the arrest warrant affidavit. The incident allegedly took place southwest of Bloomfield.

The purchased substance was tested, and the results came back positive for meth.

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Jacquez also faces a count of possession of a controlled substance in Aztec Magistrate Court, according to court records.

He has three previous convictions for possession of a controlled substance, and has convictions for forgery, receiving or transporting stolen property and possession with intent to distribute controlled substance, according to court records.

Jaquez waived his preliminary hearing on Thursday, and the case was bound over to district court. He was released following his first appearance on July 24.

Lovato is accused of being involved in a meth purchase on Jan. 23, 2015, south of Farmington, according to the arrest warrant affidavit.

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Investigators believe Lovato distributes a "large amount" of meth in San Juan County, according to court documents. The affidavit states another man helped Lovato with the meth purchase, but he has not been charged in connection to the alleged crime.

Lovato has a previous conviction for possession with intent to distribute a controlled substance, according to court records.

She was released on her own recognizance on July 17 but failed to appear at her preliminary hearing set for July 27. A warrant was issued for her arrest, and she was arrested later that day, according to court records.

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Lovato was released on a $1,000 unsecured appearance bond following an arraignment on July 28. She waived her preliminary hearing on Thursday, and her case was bound over to district court.

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

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