Drugs found following execution of search warrant

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FARMINGTON — A Farmington man is accused of trafficking a controlled substance after investigators found heroin in a safe as they executed a search warrant for a stolen rifle.

Randy Sedillo, 40, was accused on July 9 of a second-degree felony count of trafficking controlled substances (by possession with intent to distribute), according to court records.

He is accused of having 6.8 grams of a brownish-blackish tarry substance that tested presumptive positive for heroin on July 22, 2017, according to the arrest warrant affidavit.

Taylor Mathis, Sedillo's public defender, declined comment. Mathis filed a motion to waive Sedillo's preliminary hearing on July 19, and the case was bound over to district court.

Members of the Region II Narcotics Enforcement Task Force executed a search warrant on July 22, 2017, on a residence on the 600 block of Taos Avenue in Farmington in search of a stolen AR-15 rifle.

The original warrant was to search for the weapon.

An amended warrant was sought and approved for suspected heroin and drug paraphernalia that was found while executing the original search warrant.

A small bag of a brownish-blackish tarry substance that tested presumptive positive for heroin was found in a safe along with Sedillo's driver's license, according to the affidavit. It was weighted at 6.8 grams.

A small bag with a white, crystalline substance that tested presumptive positive for methamphetamine also was found.

The affidavit says the meth belonged to Rocio Lopez, who was charged on July 9 with a fourth-degree felony count of possession of a controlled substance.

Lopez's passport and bank card allegedly were found in a purse with the meth in the residence.

Shellie Patscheck, Lopez's attorney, said Lopez maintains her innocence, and that her passport and bank card that were allegedly found in the purse with the meth were stolen.

She added Lopez was not at the residence when the members of the Region II Narcotics Task Force executed the warrant.

A clear pipe with suspected meth residue, five pipes and a marijuana grinder also were found but could not be linked to a particular person, according to the affidavit.

The 6.8 grams of heroin found in Sedillo's safe is consistent with intent to distribute, the affidavit stated.

Lopez's preliminary hearing was continued this morning and reset for Aug. 9 in Aztec Magistrate 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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