Suspect had four warrants for failure to comply on convictions

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FARMINGTON — A man is accused of trafficking a controlled substance after Farmington police found multiple baggies of methamphetamine in a motel room.

Mika Talele, 38, is accused of four charges including a second-degree felony count of trafficking controlled substances and misdemeanor counts of possession of a controlled substance and use or possession of drug paraphernalia, according to court documents.

He is accused of being in possession of multiple, prepackaged baggies of meth, large sums of money and numerous scales in a Farmington motel room, according to the arrest warrant affidavit.

Graham Gurnee, Talele's public defender, could not be reached for comment Monday.

Officers for the Farmington Police Department were dispatched on the afternoon of May 9 to a room at the Encore Motel at 1900 E. Main St., where and arrested Talele.

He had four outstanding warrants for failing to comply on felony convictions, including possession of a controlled substance, larceny and breaking and entering, according to court records.

A member of the Region II Narcotics Task Force was contacted following the arrest about potential narcotics activity. A search warrant was obtained to search the room.

The Region II Narcotics Task Force is composed of law enforcement officers from this area.

Police found items, including six baggies and a plastic container which contained a clear, crystalline substance which tested presumptive positive for meth. They also found multiple scales, five glass water pipes and a plastic container which contained a green, leafy substance that tested a presumptive positive for marijuana.

Talele allegedly claimed possession of the items found in the motel room on May 10 during a phone call, according to the affidavit.

Talele is being held on a no-bond hold at the San Juan County Adult Detention Center.

His preliminary hearing on the meth trafficking case is set for Wednesday morning in Farmington Magistrate Court.

A probation violation hearing is scheduled for July 10 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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