Kirtland man accused of two counts of meth trafficking
Suspect had multiple pending drug cases in courts
FARMINGTON — A Kirtland man is facing two first-degree drug charges for allegedly selling methamphetamine during a narcotics task force investigation.
Clinton Kester, 47, is accused of two first-degree felony counts of trafficking a controlled substance, according to court records.
He is accused of trafficking meth twice in October, a crime that an agent for the Region II Narcotics Enforcement Task Force observed or conducted, according to an arrest warrant affidavit.
Kester did not have legal representation in this case Friday.
The task force is comprised of local investigators and officers from across San Juan County.
The court document states that two separate controlled purchases were made by Kester on Oct. 10 and Oct. 31 in San Juan County.
It stated that the Oct. 10 purchase was made in the Flora Vista area, and the cost and amount of meth purchased are excluded from court documents to protect the identities of those involved in the investigation. Kester allegedly showed up to a location and the confidential informant gave him money and then received a small, clear bag that appeared to have a white, crystalline substance.
The agent attempted to purchase meth but Kester and two women in the vehicle stated they did not have any more. Kester and the women allegedly wanted the agent to pay upfront for the drugs, so the agent ended the transaction.
The document further stated that the agent and the informant went to their vehicle and the informant handed the agent the bag, the contents of which later tested positive for the presence of meth.
The Oct. 31 purchase was conducted in Farmington. It was arranged through someone not charged in the case, the document stated. At the meeting location, Kester was said to be observed scooping narcotics from a large bag into a smaller bag. The smaller bag was measured then the agent was allegedly sold the narcotics, which also tested positive for the presence of meth.
The San Juan County District Attorney's Office filed a motion to hold Kester without bond.
Kester has three other pending cases in Aztec District court including a third first-degree felony count of trafficking a controlled substance, according to court records.
His preliminary hearing is set for Wednesday morning in Farmington Magistrate Court.
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