Man faces nine drug charges

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A Socorro man was arraigned in 7th Judicial District Court on Monday for nine charges stemming from his Feb. 1 arrest on suspicion of drug dealing.

District Judge Edmund Kase III read the charges against Raymond Jaramillo in court: trafficking methamphetamine, a second-degree felony; possession of cocaine, a fourth-degree felony; possession of methamphetamine, a fourth degree felony; possession of heroin, a fourth-degree felony; possession of less than an ounce of marijuana, a petty misdemeanor; contributing to the delinquency of a minor, a fourth-degree felony; two third-degree felonies, tampering with evidence and attempting to tamper with evidence; and possession of a marijuana pipe, a misdemeanor.

Mateo Page, prosecuting attorney, said the charges could net Jaramillo up to 20 and a half years in prison if he is convicted.

Jaramillo, who pleaded not guilty, is scheduled for a jury trial in July on the charges.

Jaramillo’s attorney, Albert Costales, asked if the judge could possibly return the $1,000 bond money put up by the defendant’s mother. Jaramillo is currently living with his mother in Socorro, Costales said.

“My mom spent her money to help me,” Jaramillo told the judge. “I just want to help my mom get her money back.”

Judge Kase said the Magistrate Court release order called for random urinalysis tests to ensure the defendant’s abstinence from drugs. Kase said if the release order is modified to include “zero tolerance” for positive results in a U/A test, he would approve release of the bond money to Jaramillo’s mother. He added Jaramillo’s mother has agreed to report any violations of the defendant’s conditions of release. The state then asked the judge to order a U/A test that day.

“That sounds reasonable,” Kase said. “If the U/A is clean today, we can return the money.”

Jaramillo was arrested Feb. 1 when a Socorro Police Department officer on patrol witnessed him allegedly conducting a drug deal in his truck, which was parked near a residence where police have suspected drug activity. A juvenile was allegedly in the truck’s cab with Jaramillo, according to the criminal complaint filed in Magistrate Court.

The criminal complaint reports police allegedly found a clear plastic container with bindles of drugs inside, as well as a pill bottle with more drug bindles, in Jaramillo’s truck. A marijuana pipe was also allegedly found on the truck’s dashboard.