Meth and drug paraphernalia found in backpack in vehicle

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FARMINGTON — A Flora Vista woman is accused of trafficking methamphetamine after loaded syringes of meth were located in her van following a traffic stop.

Brandy Dimas, 22, is accused of a second-degree felony count of trafficking a controlled substance and a misdemeanor count of possession of drug paraphernalia, according to court records.

She is accused of having meth found in a backpack along with three syringes loaded with meth in her van, which was searched following a traffic stop, according to the arrest warrant affidavit.

Dimas' first appearance in Farmington Magistrate Court was Monday morning, and she did not have legal representation.

Farmington Police Department detectives observed an alleged drug transaction take place around 4:30 p.m. on Sept. 13 in the area of the 500 block of Scott Avenue, according to court documents.

A traffic stop was initiated based on the alleged suspicious behavior, and after detectives observed that the van's left brake light was not working.

The van did not immediately stop, and detectives noted they observed the occupants moving around in the vehicle, indicating they were allegedly attempting to conceal items.

The vehicle pulled into a trailer park on the 800 block of East Vine Avenue.

Dimas was identified as the driver. A male listed as the passenger was not charged in the case, according to court documents.

The driver claimed she gave some water to the subject called "Joe" when the detectives observed the alleged suspicious behavior.

A police service dog was requested at the scene. The dog positively alerted to the odor of narcotics from inside the vehicle.

Dimas denied consent to search the vehicle and stated she wanted to talk to her attorney. The vehicle was impounded pending a search warrant.

The vehicle was towed to the Farmington police impound lot and a search warrant was executed on the van.

An unloaded handgun, a scale with burned residue, empty bags, a magnetic lockbox with meth and three syringes loaded with meth were found in a backpack behind the driver's seat in the van.

Two bank cards with Dimas' name were also found in the backpack.

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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