Officer detained suspect after he provided false name


FARMINGTON — A San Juan County man is accused of distribution of methamphetamine after a Farmington police officer found baggies of the drug while the man was being detained.

Denny Koselke, 48, was charged with a third-degree felony count of distribution of a controlled substance along with a misdemeanor count of use or possession of drug paraphernalia and a petty misdemeanor count of concealing identity, according to court records.

Koselke is accused of having two baggies of a crystalline substance which tested presumptive positive for methamphetamine, according to the probable cause statement.

Attempts to contact Stephen Wayne, Koselke's public defender, were not successful.

An officer for the Farmington Police Department initiated a traffic stop around 12:19 a.m. on March 26 near the intersection of East Murray Drive and Graham Road on a white pickup truck Koselke was a passenger in, according to court documents.

The officer observed one of the passengers not wearing a seatbelt.

While speaking to the passengers, the officer asked a man later identified as Koselke for his name.

Koselke is accused of giving the officer a false name and Social Security number. The officer detained Koselke and placed him in handcuffs, then performed a pat-down.

A wallet was found and Koselke gave consent to check the wallet.

In the wallet, a work identification card with the name Denny Koselke was found.

A medium in size baggie with about 1.1 ounces of methamphetamine was found on Koselke during a search, according to court documents.

A scale and another baggie with methamphetamine were found inside a camera case allegedly found on Koselke.

Koselke was transported to the San Juan County Adult Detention Center.

His bond was initially set at $5,000 cash at 10 percent during a March 27 hearing in Farmington Magistrate Court. It was reduced to $400 cash at 10 percent during a Thursday hearing.

Koselke was released Monday from the county jail on bond. His preliminary hearing is set for Wednesday morning.

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

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