State police officer facing federal drug charges resigns

Daniel Capehart pleaded not guilty on Thursday

The Daily Times staff
Daniel Capehart

FARMINGTON — A New Mexico State Police officer accused of violating federal drug laws resigned from the agency a day after pleading not guilty during his arraignment.

Daniel Capehart, 33, of Bloomfield, resigned from the agency today before a hearing regarding his termination, according to a state police press release.

Capehart requested a hearing after being served with paperwork regarding his possible termination.

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New Mexico State Police Chief Pete Kassetas plans to file an officer misconduct report to the board of the New Mexico Law Enforcement Academy to ban Capehart from being an officer in the state, according to the press release.

Capehart pleaded not guilty to three drug charges Thursday in Albuquerque federal court, according to court documents.

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He was indicted on Monday on charges of distribution of marijuana, and distribution of marijuana and methamphetamine within 1,000 feet of a school or playground, according to the indictment.

Capehart is accused of stealing seized drugs and distributing them to women he was pursuing romantically or with whom he had sexual relationships, according to the criminal complaint.