Drug charges filed

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A Socorro man is facing drug charges in District Court after his case was bound over from Magistrate Court last Wednesday, when the complaint against him was amended to include five additional charges.

All together, Raymond Jaramillo is facing six felony and three misdemeanor charges, including trafficking controlled substances, four counts of possession of controlled substances, possession of drug paraphernalia, contributing to the delinquency of a juvenile and two counts of tampering with evidence.

According to the criminal complaint filed in Magistrate Court, a Socorro Police Department officer on patrol the evening of Feb. 1 saw a man standing next to a truck with his hands inside the cab. That man was eventually ticketed for misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia for his role in the incident.

The officer had learned from SPD detectives about drug activity in the area the truck was parked. The man with his hands in the truck cab had a warrant for his arrest as well, which was confirmed by a second officer. Jaramillo was in the driver's seat of the truck.

The first officer met with Jaramillo, asking him what he was doing and mentioning the drug activity police suspected at the residence where the truck was parked. Jaramillo said he was just coming to check on a furnace that his father said was broken, according to the criminal complaint. Seated in the passenger seat of the truck was a very nervous juvenile who appeared to be trying to hide something in his right hand. The officer also noticed rolling papers and a roll of aluminum foil in the seat between the two, which they said was for a barbecue.

The complaint states the officer saw the juvenile move his hand to the side of the seat. The boy seemed to become more nervous as the officer told him not to move, and that he better not have a gun. As the officer walked around the front of the pickup, he noticed the boy move his hand in what looked like a move to drop something on the front floor board.

The officer soon saw the boy had dropped a piece of foil, which was picked up by Jaramillo. The complaint states the officer had the boy pinned against the truck and was yelling for Jaramillo to put the foil item on the seat. Jaramillo denied having anything. The second officer took the foil from Jaramillo's hand and cuffed the man while the first officer cuffed the juvenile. The officer found a clear plastic container on the passenger's side floor that contained several packages of narcotics.

The officer then advised Jaramillo of his rights and Jaramillo agreed to speak with the officer, asking what he had done wrong. The officer replied that Jaramillo had picked up pieces of foil from the floor of the truck and tried to hide or dispose of them. Jaramillo said he just saw them on the floor and picked them up so he wouldn't lose his truck. He said he didn't know what was in the packages.

Jaramillo gave the officer permission to search his truck, and the officer found the clear container containing several bindles of drugs. The officer later field tested the substances with positive results for methamphetamines, heroin and cocaine. Jaramillo said the container was not his.

The officer found a marijuana pipe on the dash of the truck, and Jaramillo replied it was his when asked. Jaramillo asked if he could get rid of the pipe, according to the criminal complaint, and the officer told him no.

About that time, according to the criminal complaint, the boy began hitting the police car to get the officer's attention. The boy said he wanted some help and could give police information. The boy said there had been a pill bottle in Jaramillo's hands that contained more bindles of drugs.

Police called for a tow truck, and while a tow inventory was completed on Jaramillo's truck, the officer found a pill bottle with 11 bindles of narcotics in the truck's bed. One of the bindles later tested positive for methamphetamine.

Jaramillo's truck was towed and the suspects taken to the police department. When they were processed through the National Crime Information Center, police found valid warrants on both the boy and Jaramillo. The boy said he had used meth earlier in the day, so he was taken to the hospital to get medical clearance for transport to a juvenile facility.