Man accused of third drug trafficking charge

Suspect has 9 felony convictions, including battery, burglary

Joshua Kellogg
Farmington Daily Times
  • Thaddeus Carter is accused of five charges, including trafficking controlled substances and possession of a controlled substance.
  • Carter is accused of being in possession of three bags of heroin and one bag of meth, and a notebook possibly used to coordinate drug deals.
  • He was being held with no bond at the San Juan County Adult Detention Center.
Thaddeus Carter

FARMINGTON — A San Juan County man facing a third drug trafficking charge is accused of being in possession of plastic bags of heroin and a notebook to possibly coordinate drug deals.

Thaddeus Carter, 46, faces five charges, including a first-degree felony count of trafficking controlled substances and a fourth-degree felony count of possession of a controlled substance, according to court documents.

Carter is accused of being in possession of three bags of heroin and one bag of meth, along with a notebook containing several bank routing numbers and names and addresses, according to the probable cause statement.

Stephen Wayne, Carter's public defender, could not be reached for comment today.

Carter has nine felony convictions, including robbery, forgery, residential burglary, aggravated battery and battery upon a peace officer, according to court records.

He was convicted in 1996 and 2011 of trafficking controlled substances.

Carter was arrested after law enforcement personnel were looking for a male suspected of stealing deli items from the Safeway grocery store on West Main Street in Farmington. The arrest occurred around 5:08 p.m. on July 9.

A corporal for the San Juan County Sheriff's Office observed a man later identified as Carter matching the description of the suspect riding a bicycle westbound on West Main Street.

The corporal followed Carter into the parking lot of the Conoco gas station at 1000 W. Main Street and activated his emergency lights and siren, and exited the vehicle. Carter allegedly saw the corporal and started riding his bike through a nearby ditch, later throwing the bicycle and fleeing on foot. After what is described as a lengthy foot pursuit, the corporal caught up with Carter and took him into custody.

Carter is accused of initially giving a false name to the corporal before giving his real name.

While searching the suspect, the corporal allegedly found a pipe that Carter called a "meth pipe" and a battery in his pockets.

The top of the battery screwed off, and the bags of heroin and bag of meth were found, each weighing one gram. Carter allegedly told the police officer it was meth and heroin.

The notebook, found in Carter's backpack, was described in the probable cause statement as an item used keep track of clients and store phone numbers for clients

Two cell phones and $200 in cash also were found on Carter.

Carter waived his preliminary hearing Wednesday morning in Farmington Magistrate Court, and the case was bound over to district court, according to court records.

He was being held with no bond at the San Juan County Adult Detention Center.

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