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Suspect allegedly sold two stolen firearms to informant

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FARMINGTON — A Farmington man is accused of selling two stolen firearms and trafficking methamphetamine following an investigation by the Region II Narcotics Enforcement Task Force.

Lloyd Griffith, 56, is accused of a second-degree felony count of trafficking a controlled substance and two fourth-degree felony counts of disposing of stolen property, according to court records.

He is accused of selling two stolen handguns and about 21 grams of meth to a confidential informant of the Region II Narcotics Enforcement Task Force in 2016, according to the arrest warrant affidavit.

Stephen Wayne and Hunter Hoaglund, Griffith's public defenders listed on the case, could not be reached for comment.

A member of the Region II Narcotics Enforcement Task Force conducted the investigation into Griffith.

The task force is comprised of local officers and investigators from across San Juan County.

The affidavit describes how an informant made two controlled purchases for three firearms and for meth.

Griffith allegedly sold a rifle and two handguns on Aug. 9, 2016, to a confidential informant in Farmington. The rifle and one of the handguns were reported stolen.

On Sept. 9, 2016, a controlled purchase of meth was allegedly made by the informant in Farmington.

The informant provided a clear bag with a white, crystalline substance to the Region II agent. The substance tested positive for the presence of meth, which was weighted at 21.3 grams.  

The informant selected Griffith's photo out of a photo lineup on Sept. 26, 2018.

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

His preliminary hearing is set for the morning of April 3 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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