Suspect Cassandra Fogha was taken into custody Nov. 7

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FARMINGTON — An Aztec woman is accused of trafficking methamphetamine along with possessing drugs without a prescription following a traffic stop earlier this month.

Cassandra Fogha, 38, is accused of a second-degree felony count of trafficking a controlled substance, along with three fourth-degree felony count of dangerous drugs, conditions for sale, according to court records.

Fogha is accused of being in possession of meth with intent to distribute, along with possessing three prescription-only drugs, according to the probable cause statement.

She did not have legal representation this morning.

Fogha was one of three passengers in a car that two Farmington Police Department detectives conducted a traffic stop on around 3:37 p.m. on Nov. 7 after one passenger was observed possibly not wearing a seat belt.

The vehicle was traveling westbound on County Road 3000 and pulled onto County Road 3291 near Flora Vista for the traffic stop.

A male passenger identified as Scotty Philips was found in the back seat and admitted to not wearing a safety belt.

Phillips later was taken into custody after dispatch advised he had an active warrant for failure to appear on a reckless driving case.

The front passenger later identified as Fogha appeared to detectives to be nervous and was breathing heavily, according to court documents. She allegedly tried to slide her black purse toward the center console of the vehicle and attempted to reach into it when a detective ordered her to stop.

Fogha told the detectives she had an active warrant for failing to pay a citation. The warrant was issued by the Farmington Municipal Court, according to court documents.

A detective conducting an inventory of the vehicle before it was towed from the scene found a black purse on the front-passenger floorboard. A wallet inside of the pursue contained debit cards belonging to Fogha.

A purple bag inside the purse was found containing a digital scale with white residue, along with unused clear, plastic bags. About $214 in cash was found in the purse, along with a small plastic bag that had three different pills in it. The probable cause statement said the three pills were not controlled substances but were available by prescription only.

A small, green container found in the front-passenger door panel contained "several shards of a white, crystal-like substance" that tested presumptive positive for meth, according to court documents.

Fogha allegedly told the detectives she let a friend borrow the vehicle and that person left the narcotics behind.

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

Her 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 jkellogg@daily-times.com.

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