The suspect has two active warrants when he was arrested

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FARMINGTON — A Farmington man is accused of trafficking methamphetamine and distributing marijuana after a traffic stop that was conducted by two Farmington police detectives.

Dustin Thomason, 52, is accused of four charges including a second-degree felony count of trafficking controlled substances and a fourth-degree felony count of distribution of marijuana, according to court records.

Ruth Wheeler, Thomason's public defender, declined comment.

The detectives were on patrol around 6:04 p.m. on Nov. 16 in the area of East Murray Drive and Graham Road when they spotted a blue Dodge pickup truck.

The vehicle did not have a working license plate light to illuminate the license plate and the detectives conducted a traffic stop, according to the probable cause statement.

When a detective approached the vehicle, Thomason stated he did not have a valid driver's license and that he had active arrest warrants.

Thomason had two misdemeanor warrants for failure to appear, according to court documents.

The detective speaking to Thomason smelled a strong odor of marijuana coming from inside the vehicle.

When asked about the odor, Thomason told the detectives he had some marijuana inside the truck.

One of the detectives noticed a green, plastic container on the driver's seat of the vehicle which he recognized as a container used to store marijuana.

Thomason was detained and he gave consent for a detective to retrieve the container of marijuana inside the vehicle.

A black jacket was located on a seat inside the vehicle while the detectives conducted an inventory of the vehicle's contents prior to it being towed.

Thomason stated it didn't belong to him, that a friend left it in his vehicle.

A plastic sandwich bag that contained a large amount of a crystalline substance was found, which a detective recognized as meth, was found in the jacket. It tested presumptive positive for meth and weighed 11 grams, according to court documents.

During the tow inventory; a second, green plastic container was found which contained loose marijuana, along with three bags of marijuana, a glass pipe with alleged meth residue and a digital scale.

Thomason has been released from the San Juan County Adult Detention Center per a court order.

His 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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