Farmington man accused of multiple drug charges

Gabilondo has five previous felony convictions and multiple criminal cases pending

Joshua Kellogg
Farmington Daily Times
  • Ralph Shawn Gabilondo is being held without bond at the San Juan County Adult Detention Center.
  • A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Wednesday morning in Farmington Magistrate Court.
  • Gabilondo is accused of leading police on high-speed chase and fleeing on foot after crashing vehicle.
Ralph Shawn Gabilondo


FARMINGTON — A Farmington man is accused of leading law enforcement on a high-speed chase, crashing his vehicle and ditching a jacket that contained multiple types of drugs.

Ralph Shawn Gabilondo, 37, is set for a preliminary hearing this morning in Farmington Magistrate Court on two sets of criminal charges stemming from his arrest on Sept. 28, according to court records.

Gabilondo is accused of aggravated fleeing a law enforcement officer, driving while license revoked and failure to maintain lanes in one case, according to the criminal complaint.

In the other case, he is accused of possession of a controlled substance, dangerous drugs (conditions for sale), use or possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of marijuana (one ounce or less), according to the criminal complaint.

Gabilondo has at least four other pending cases in magistrate and district courts in New Mexico, according to court records.

He has multiple aliases in court records including Ralphshawn Gabilondo, Shawn Gabilondo and Ralphshawn Gabillondo.

Graham Gurnee, Gabilondo's public defender, did not respond to requests for comment.

Officers for the Farmington Police Department were dispatched on the morning of Sept. 29 to the area of U.S. Highway 64 and West Broadway Avenue, according to the arrest warrant affidavit.

An officer observed a silver passenger car matching the description of a reported stolen vehicle traveling eastbound in the 3100 block of Bloomfield Highway.

When the officer slowed down to observe the vehicle, it quickly accelerated, according to court documents.

The officer made a U-turn and started following the vehicle but stopped pursuing it due to safety reasons.

Another officer later observed the vehicle crash near the intersection of Anna Lane and Sycamore Street and Gabilondo fleeing on foot, according to court documents.

Officers received reports that a man was on the roof of a residence in the 1300 block of Sycamore Street.

Gabilondo was brought down from the roof and taken into custody, according to court documents.

While speaking to officers, Gabilondo said he had no alcohol to drink and stated he was trying to "kick the black," a slang term for heroin and that he used heroin four days earlier, according to court documents.

Officers also found a blue jacket near the intersection of Anna Lane and Sycamore Street in the area where Gabilondo crashed the vehicle he was driving.

The jacket contained a black bag with items including less than one gram of a brown and "tarry" substance that later tested positive for opiates and is believed to be heroin, along with a silver tube containing five pills of a prescription-only medication buspirone hydrochloride, according to court documents.

A wallet found near a house in the 1300 block of Anna Lane contained a clear plastic bag with less than one gram of a leafy, green substance that appeared to be marijuana, the affidavit states.

An order to hold Gabilondo for pretrial detention without bond at the San Juan County Adult Detention Center was filed by District Judge Karen Townsend on Oct. 13, according to a copy of the order.

Judge Townsend wrote Gabilondo was out on bond when three new sets of charges were filed against him, that he had five prior felony convictions and has a history of warrants issued for failing to appear in court.

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