Suspect admitted to transporting, distributing meth in area

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FARMINGTON — Federal authorities are taking over the case of a California man who allegedly was arrested with more than 2 pounds of meth in a pickup truck at a local casino.

Jose Romero, 43, faces seven charges, including trafficking methamphetamine, trafficking a controlled substance and four counts of being a felon in possession of a firearm, according to court documents.

He is accused of having 2 1/2 pounds of meth in his pickup truck, selling 145 grams of meth and having four guns in his possession as a convicted felon, according to the arrest warrant affidavit.

Romero did not have legal representation today.

Charges were filed in the case Tuesday, and Romero was set for a pretrial detention hearing this morning, but the San Juan County District Attorney's Office dismissed the motion, according to deputy district attorney Dustin O'Brien.

O'Brien said the DA's Office would dismiss the state's charges as federal authorities will take over the case.

Romero was arrested by deputies for the San Juan County Sheriff's Office Monday afternoon at the SunRay Park & Casino.

The case was investigated by members of the Region II Narcotics Task Force, which is made up of investigators and officers from local law enforcement agencies.

The affidavit states Romero allegedly was distributing and transporting large amounts of meth from California to San Juan County and La Plata County in Colorado.

Before he was arrested, Romero is accused of selling 145 grams of meth to a Region II Narcotics Task Force agent, according to court documents.

Romero admitted to police he was transporting about 2 1/2 pounds of meth from California to Farmington, the affidavit states.

Four guns were found in the white pickup truck Romero was driving, along with the meth, a digital scale and one glass pipe.

While speaking to investigators, Romero said it was his third or fourth trip to the region in an attempt to making more money distributing meth in the area.

He also admitted to having four felony convictions on his record and said he was out on parole for a robbery conviction.

Court documents list six felony convictions, including robbery, possession of a controlled substance and receiving stolen property.

He was being held with no bond today 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 jkellogg@daily-times.com.

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