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The suspect is also accused of resisting arrest


FARMINGTON — A Flora Vista man wanted for trafficking methamphetamine was arrested in Farmington while allegedly possessing small bags of meth, triggering a second drug trafficking charge.

Aaron King, 27, faces two felony counts of trafficking a controlled substance, a felony count of retaining stolen property, a misdemeanor count of resisting arrest and a petty misdemeanor count of possession of a controlled substance, according to court records.

King is accused of two incidents of trafficking meth, possession of marijuana, possession of stolen silver coins and resisting arrest, according to court documents.

Ruth Wheeler, King's attorney, declined comment on the two separate cases.

The first drug trafficking case stems from Farmington Police Department detectives executing a search warrant on June 12 around 1:33 p.m. in the 400 block of North Behrend Avenue.

After detectives arrived on scene, King was allegedly observed attempting to flee out of the rear door of the residence with a backpack, and was found in a tent on the property.

King told a detective the backpack wasn't his, stating another man lived in the tent.

The defendant was released from the scene and he left the area on foot.

The search warrant was later amended to include a search of the outbuildings on the property.

Several small bags containing a white, crystalline substance believed to be meth were located inside the backpack by a detective.

Items also found in the backpack included a small digital scale, a small bag believed to contain marijuana, a wallet with King's driver's license and a case containing six, 1-ounce silver coins.

The stolen coins were estimated to be worth a total of $1,260.

King was arrested on the warrant for the first drug trafficking case on Sept. 9 around 6:47 p.m. in Farmington, according to court documents.

The defendant was in a vehicle with another male who was wanted on an arrest warrant in a separate case.

Farmington detectives conducted a traffic stop on the vehicle at the Motel 6 at 1600 Bloomfield Boulevard.

King is accused of attempting to flee police, but he was later caught on the motel property, requiring two detectives to arrest him.

A detective found multiple bags containing a white, crystalline substance believed to be meth in King's backpack.

Five and a half grams of meth were found in the bags, according to court documents.

A glass pipe with residue was found in the backpack.

A motion was filed to determine King's competency to stand trial on Sept. 16 during the defendant's preliminary hearing in Farmington Magistrate Court.

He is incarcerated at the San Juan County Adult Detention Center on a $10,000 bond. 

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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