Three of the drug trafficking charges were filed last week


FARMINGTON — A Farmington man is facing four pending counts of trafficking a controlled substance after picking up three of those charges last week.

Brian Nelson, 37, was charged with two counts of meth trafficking on Sept. 5 and another count on Sept. 7, according to court documents.

He was first charged with a count of trafficking a controlled substance on July 13, according to court records.

He is accused of selling meth to an undercover agent twice in the Sept. 5 case, according to court documents.

Nelson allegedly had four bags of meth in his pants pocket when he was arrested in the Sept. 7 case, according to court documents.

He did not have legal representation today.

In the Sept. 5 case, the Region II Narcotics Task Force started investigating Nelson in early May, according to the arrest warrant affidavit.

The task force is comprised of investigators and officers from the Bloomfield Police Department, the Farmington Police Department, the Aztec Police Department and the San Juan County Sheriff’s Office.

An undercover agent allegedly made two controlled purchases of an undisclosed amount of meth from Nelson at two separate locations in Farmington on May 3 and May 14, according to the arrest warrant affidavit.

Based on information the task force gathered, the affidavit states officers believe Nelson distributes a large amount of meth in San Juan County.

The Sept. 7 charges stem from Farmington Police Department officers taking Nelson into custody on Sept. 6.

Officers attempted to make contact with Nelson at 11:30 a.m. on Sept. 6 at the Kirby and More Vacuum Store at 1603 E. 20th St., according to the probable cause statement.

Officers initially were told Nelson was in the back of the store, then someone stated he had left the scene in his vehicle.

Someone at the scene stated they had called Nelson and asked him to return to the store. Nelson returned to the store and was taken into custody.

A small bag with a small amount of a black substance Nelson identified as heroin was allegedly found in his front, left pants pocket.

He also is accused of possession of a controlled substance, according to court records. 

A small metal container in his right pants pocket alleged contained four small bags with a substance Nelson identified as meth.

He was released from the San Juan County Adult Detention Center per a court order.

Nelson's preliminary hearing is set for Wednesday morning in Farmington 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

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