SPD nets five dealers after undercover drug buys


The Socorro Police Department arrested five more alleged drug dealers July 6 when officers executed search warrants at their homes.

SPD Detective Rocky Fernandez said the search warrants, all executed July 6, were a result of undercover drug buys police have been making from alleged dealers in Socorro.

SPD Chief George Van Winkle stressed that Socorro police are active in their pursuit of drug dealers.

“We’re hitting those hard,” Van Winkle said.

According to criminal complaints filed July 8 in Magistrate Court, police were briefed on serving search warrants at three different addresses about 6 a.m. July 6, including a property on Blue Canyon Road with two houses listed under the same address. Following the briefing, officers went to the first home on Blue Canyon and announced their presence and went inside.

Police found several people sitting around a kitchen table, including a man and woman who stood up and tried to leave. The pair were taken into custody, along with the other people. The woman was eventually released after being cited for having a glass pipe in her purse. The man, Cord James Trujillo, was arrested on a possession of methamphetamine charge.

The woman listed as the main target of the search warrant was Alicia Marquez, who was found in a side bedroom with another man. The criminal complaint reports Marquez was found in possession of two individually wrapped packages of methamphetamine and a larger bag containing 1.2 grams of meth.

Police then searched the room Marquez claimed as her own, according to the criminal complaint. They found two more paper wrapped bindles of meth on a small dresser. A bindle is a small package of drug powder, often a small piece of paper, thin cardboard or tin foil folded into a tiny envelope, but sometimes a corner of a plastic bag tied off with a rubber band or twist tie.

Police also found a pink piece of paper containing white powder that did not test as meth or cocaine, according to the complaint. Marquez told police someone had left it and she believed it was a Suboxone pill. Suboxone is a prescription used to treat opioid addiction, but can also be abused by addicts.

Two marijuana pipes were also found in the room, according to the complaint, along with a small bag of marijuana.

Marquez was charged with first offense trafficking controlled substances with intent to distribute, a second-degree felony, and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia.

Once that home was cleared, officers went to the second house on the Blue Canyon property, according to a second criminal complaint. Police knocked; a man asked who was there, then police identified themselves and ordered the man to open the door. When there was no response, police kicked in the door to find Bartolo Saiz standing right in front of them.

Police ordered Saiz to get on the ground several times, but he allegedly would not comply so they put him on the couch and handcuffed him. Saiz told police he was only using enough heroin to keep him from being sick, according to the criminal complaint. He did not tell police where to find the drugs.

Once Saiz was placed in a patrol unit, police searched the residence and found several foils with burnt residue in the bathroom. They found a blue box containing heroin on the toilet.

On the bathroom sink was a red container with a small amount of marijuana inside. Also in the bathroom, police found marijuana pipes, a syringe, a spoon with burnt residue and cotton soaked with brown liquid. Everything was collected for evidence.

Saiz was charged with possession of heroin, possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia and resisting, evading or obstructing an officer.

A third criminal complaint reports Richard Julian was also found at one of the Blue Canyon homes, with a glass pipe for smoking methamphetamine in his possession. Julian also had a self-executing arrest order and was taken to the police department for booking.

As police were preparing Julian for booking, an officer opened Julian’s wallet and three bindles of meth fell out, according to the criminal complaint. Julian was taken to the Socorro County Detention Center for booking, and detention staff found another bindle of meth in his crotch area.

Following the booking process, the transporting officer returned to his patrol vehicle to find another bag of alleged meth in the seat where Julian had been sitting.

Julian was charged with possession of methamphetamine, possession of drug paraphernalia and tampering with evidence.

About 6:30 a.m., police proceeded to Walkway Place to serve the next warrant, according to the criminal complaint filed on Jamie Gonzales. When nobody answered the door, police breached it and found Gonzales in the master bedroom with her infant child.

Gonzales was handcuffed and put on the couch in the living room. When a detective read Gonzales her Miranda warning, she did not speak other than to call the detective a “dick” and yell at him for breaking her door, according to the criminal complaint.

Police searched the home and found several foils with heroin residue in one bedroom, as well as methamphetamine in the kitchen, according to the criminal complaint. Gonzales had told an officer drugs were in her purse, and police found a large rock of alleged meth in a bag, as well as five smaller prepackaged bags, in a pink plastic container. Police also found a glass pipe with meth residue. Two electronic scales were also found in a kitchen drawer.

All of the evidence was collected and police called the state Children, Youth and Families Department, according to the criminal complaint. CYFD took the infant into custody.

Fernandez said Friday that the child tested positive for methamphetamine.

Gonzales was charged with possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute, child endangerment and possession of paraphernalia.

Police next went to Northeast Frontage Road to serve a search warrant at Michael Cory’s residence, according to the criminal complaint on Cory. When nobody answered the door, police let themselves in and began clearing the residence when one detective noticed Cory running outside.

The detective yelled at Cory to stop and get on the ground, which he did, according to the criminal complaint. He was handcuffed. Another man and woman were also placed in custody. Cory’s mother was also found at the residence and was seated on a bench beside Cory.

Cory refused to tell police where he kept his drugs, saying he only had Suboxone, according to the criminal complaint. When police searched the home, they found burnt foils with heroin residue throughout the place. They found meth in two plastic bags on Cory’s bed. They found two glass pipes with meth residue and one plastic pipe with heroin residue. They found a small grow room for marijuana in a closet, and a plastic bag of cocaine on the top shelf.

The criminal complaint reports police found a butane burner in a dresser, several empty bags used to hold drugs and too many used foils throughout the house to pick up.

Police found Cory’s cellphone on his bed. The criminal complaint reports the phone displayed multiple text messages from people asking to buy narcotics, which were photographed for evidence.

Once the search was completed, police released the other people who had been detained and arrested Cory, according to the criminal complaint. Cory was charged with possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute, possession of heroin, possession of cocaine and possession of paraphernalia.


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