One suspect accused of first-degree felony for trafficking meth

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FARMINGTON — Two men in separate cases have been arrested and accused of drug charges, including trafficking methamphetamine.

John Winters, 30, of Crouch Mesa, faces four charges, including a first-degree felony count of trafficking controlled substances (second offense) and a fourth-degree felony count of battery upon a peace officer, according to court records.

He is accused of being in possession of a large bag containing several smaller bags of methamphetamine and striking an officer for the Farmington Police Department in the face, according to the probable cause statement.

Graham Gurnee, Winters' public defender, declined comment on the case.

Winters was a passenger in a vehicle pulled over for a traffic stop around 12:18 a.m. on March 4 along the Bloomfield Highway in Farmington after the vehicle was observed not stopping at a stop sign.

While a deputy for the San Juan County Sheriff's Office was speaking to the driver, the deputy observed Winters "making several furtive movements" in the vehicle and asked him to exit the vehicle.

Winters told the deputy he had some marijuana in his pocket, and he was trying to go home.

As the Farmington officer was patting Winters down, the officer felt something and asked Winters what it was.

The suspect allegedly ran from the officer following the pat down.

Police caught up to Winters in a nearby ditch, where he allegedly got into a scuffle with the officer and struck him in the face with his head, causing the officer's nose to bleed, according to court documents.

The meth allegedly was found on Winters while he was being taken into custody.

A bench warrant was issued for Winters after he failed to appear at his preliminary hearing Thursday in Aztec Magistrate Court, according to court documents.

Cervando Quintana, 38, of Farmington, is accused of a second-degree felony count of attempt to commit a felony: trafficking (by distribution) and a third-degree felony count of conspiracy to commit trafficking, according to court records.

He is one of two people arrested and accused of drug charges following an alleged purchase of meth almost three years ago by the Region II Narcotics Task Force, which is composed of law enforcement officers from this area.

Quintana and Lisa Jackson, 38, are accused of being involved in a purchase of meth conducted by an undercover agent on April 14, 2015, in the parking lot of the SunRay Park & Casino east of Farmington, according to the arrest warrant affidavit.

Quintana did not legal representation today, and Jackson's public defender, Theresa Walker, did not respond to requests for comment.

Jackson is accused of leading the undercover agent to the casino, where she and Quintana allegedly organized a purchase of meth to the agent for $100, according to court documents.

Quintana was released after making his first appearance Friday in Aztec Magistrate Court. His preliminary hearing is set for Thursday morning.

Jackson's case is pending in Aztec District Court.

Joshua Kellogg covers crime, courts and social issues for The Daily Times. He can be reached at 505-564-4627 or via email at jkellogg@daily-times.com.

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