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Nearly 650 grams of marijuana found in residence

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FARMINGTON — A Crouch Mesa man is accused of possessing nearly two pounds of narcotics, including methamphetamine and heroin, that were found when local and federal law enforcement officers executed a search warrant at his residence in June.

Jaime Garcia, 35, is accused of a second-degree felony count of trafficking a controlled substance, fourth-degree felony counts of distribution of marijuana and possession of a controlled substance and a petty misdemeanor of possession of marijuana, according to court documents.

He is accused of trafficking meth along with possessing marijuana and heroin, according to the arrest warrant affidavit.

Mary Weber, Garcia's attorney, did not respond to requests for comment on Aug. 5.

Local officers and personnel from the U.S. Marshals Service took Garcia into custody on the morning of June 11 at a residence on County Road 3323 in the Crouch Mesa area.

He was arrested on a warrant for felon in possession of a firearm or destructive device. That felony charge was later dismissed by prosecutors.

Garcia was apprehended after Marshals entered the residence and found him hiding under a bed.

A woman not charged in the case was initially detained but later was released from police custody.

While taking the two people into custody, vacuum-sealed packages of marijuana along with a meth pipe and scale were observed in plain view inside the residence.

Garcia told law enforcement he smokes meth but there were not any other narcotics inside the residence. The woman echoed Garcia's statements.

A police service dog alerted to the odor of narcotics inside a pickup truck on the property.

A search warrant was approved and executed to search the residence and a pickup truck on the property.

Five bags of meth weighing about 200 grams were found, along with two vacuum-sealed packages of marijuana weighing about 656 grams and 54 grams of heroin were located.

Some of the drug paraphernalia included multiple scales, multiple pipes and a grinder. A stolen pistol was also recovered.

Neither Garcia nor the woman had been charged in connection with the stolen pistol, according to court records.

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

His preliminary hearing is scheduled for the morning of Aug. 7 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 jkellogg@daily-times.com.

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