Mother, son arrested on drug charges
Andrew Tenorio accused of trafficking meth, two counts of tampering with evidence and retaining stolen property
FARMINGTON — A mother and son have been arrested on multiple drug charges after Farmington detectives found methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia in a motel room they shared.
Andrew Tenorio and Rhonna Tenorio were arrested early Monday morning, according to Farmington Police Department spokeswoman Georgette Allen.
He is accused of trafficking meth (possession with intent to distribute), two counts of tampering with evidence, retaining stolen property and use or possession of drug paraphernalia, according to court records.
Rhonna is accused of possession of a controlled substance and use or possession of drug paraphernalia, according to court records.
A search warrant was executed on Aug. 1 on a two-room suite the Tenorio's were staying in at the Rimrock Lodge at 2530 Bloomfield Highway, according to the arrest warrant affidavit.
A K-9 officer assigned to the case conducted a search and the dog "alerted" to the presence of drugs in several parts of the room, the affidavit states.
Members of the Farmington police gang unit and Region II Narcotics Task Force found 53.2 grams of meth hidden under the sheets of a bed, according to court documents.
They also found three baggies of meth between the amounts of 0.4 and 0.7 grams, a .45 caliber handgun that was reported stolen, three 9mm rounds and drug paraphernalia.
A gun case for the handgun and two magazines were also found, according to court documents.
Rhonna told police there were small amounts of meth in her bedroom along with a pipe she used to smoke meth or marijuana.
She also stated she did not know about the handgun found in a dresser-drawer in one of the bedrooms.
Andrew told police at the scene he was not aware of illegal narcotics in the suite and that he did not flush any narcotics down the toilet. Both Tenorio's were released from the scene.
During an Aug. 3 interview with Farmington police, Andrew told detectives some of the meth belonged to him and had been selling meth for about a year, according to court documents.
He also stated he did not know the handgun was stolen but told detective he traded about $300 in meth for the gun reportedly worth about $519 to $599.
Both Tenorio's have felony convictions, according to court documents.
Andrew has two convictions for felony possession of a controlled substance and three counts of misdemeanor use or possession of drug paraphernalia, according to records.
Both made their first appearances in Farmington Magistrate Court Monday morning.
Rhonna was released on an unsecured appearance bond and Andrew is being held on a $75,000 cash/surety bond.
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