The drugs were found in the suspect's pickup truck


FARMINGTON — A Farmington man is accused of drug trafficking after marijuana, heroin and methamphetamine were found in his pickup truck.

Eric King, 38, is accused of trafficking a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance, possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia, according to court records.

He is accused of trafficking meth along with being in possession of heroin and marijuana in his pickup truck, according to the arrest warrant affidavit.

Ruth Wheeler, King's attorney, declined comment.

A Farmington Police Department detective was on patrol on Feb. 26 in the area of Willow Street and Bluffview Avenue when he observed a pickup truck traveling northbound on Bluffview.

He checked the license plate and learned it was registered to King, who had an active warrant for receiving/transferring a stolen vehicle, according to court documents.

The detective initiated a traffic stop but the truck did not immediately stop, and King was allegedly observed making multiple movements within the vehicle before coming to a stop on Murray Drive.

King was placed in handcuffs and detained by the detective. A glass pipe with burned residue was found inside one of King's pants pockets.

King denied consent to search and stated he wanted his lawyer.

The vehicle was sealed, secured and transported to the Farmington police impound lot.

Around 4:30 p.m., a police service dog positively alerted to the odor of narcotics emitting from the vehicle. A search warrant was executed on Feb. 28.

Three separate bags with meth, a plastic bag with heroin and a bag with marijuana were found during a search of the vehicle. A glass pipe and a digital scale with residue was also found.

Police found about 18 grams of meth, a gram of heroin and 10 grams of marijuana.

King has four felony drug-related convictions along with felony convictions for forgery and receiving stolen property, according to court records.

He was released from the San Juan County Adult Detention Center after a $5,000 cash at 10 percent bond was posted.

His preliminary hearing is set for the morning of May 8 in Farmington Magistrate Court.

Joshua Kellogg covers breaking news for The Daily Times. He can be reached at 505-564-4627 or via email at

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