Two arrests after gun-theft/trafficking ring investigation

Detectives, gang unit looking into more suspects

The Daily Times staff
  • Two suspects were arrested after a 48-hour investigation.
  • At least five other suspects have been identified and are being investigated.
  • Police recovered more than 20 guns.

FARMINGTON — Farmington police arrested two men this week after uncovering a burglary and gun trafficking ring police say cached more than 20 stolen — and now recovered —  firearms.

At least five other suspects have been identified and are being investigated in connection to the criminal enterprise, police said.

Police spokesperson Georgette Allen said today that Farmington detectives and gang unit members called in personnel from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms Albuquerque office for assistance.

A burglary investigation that lasted 48 hours began Wednesday at the East Main Trade Center. The business captured video surveillance footage that helped crack part of the case. 

Police also recovered blood and shoe prints at the burglary scene, where a metal security door had been forced open and its glass broken. One of the burglars was cut by the glass.

Allen said in a release that police soon focused on two suspects they identified due to the video surveillance after some detectives remembered two men they had met during a prior contact wore similar clothing.

“These small, distinct details ultimately led to the arrest of Kenneth Alcon, 26, and Isaiha Trujillo, 22, both of Farmington,” the release said.

Alcon was taken into custody on July 12 on charges of aggravated, larceny of a firearm, being a felon in possession of a firearm and criminal damage to property. 

A SWAT team moved in on the second suspect’s location after streets were blocked near North Butler and North Vine Avenues. They arrested Trujillo this morning at a residence on the 900 block of Hollywood Street on suspicion of aggravated burglary, conspiracy, larceny of a firearm and criminal damage to property, the release said. 

Police obtained search warrants and found more than 20 firearms in multiple locations and vehicles, the release stated.

“Some of the firearms were those taken from East Main Trade Center and others reported to have been stolen previously,” the release said. Three of the firearms were recovered from the Hollywood Street residence.

Anyone with information about stolen guns and/or gun trafficking is asked by police to call Farmington detectives at 599-1005.

Anonymous tips may be submitted to San Juan County Crime Stoppers at 334-TIPS.