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Published On: Fri, Oct 26th, 2012


Oct. 26

FARMINGTON – A small town located near the Northern part of the Navajo Nation has recently seen an escalation in drug activity and gang violence.

On Wednesday, drug enforcement agents from the Region II and Homeland Security said they finished a month long investigation into a heroin trafficking organization operating in the area of Farmington.

Authorities say they have identified the alleged drug dealer as 25 year old Arthur Baca Jr.  Mr. Baca has an extensive criminal record and is currently on parole; he was released from prison in June 2011 after serving a 5 year sentence for voluntary manslaughter.

Lt. Neil Hawes with the Farmington Police said, the investigation revealed that Baca is the main supplier for a group of individuals who traffic the heroin locally. An arrest warrant for Baca and a search warrant for 1212 Bramble St. in South Farmington were obtained.

Hawes also said, due to the violent history and the belief of firearms in the residence Region II requested the assistance of Farmington Police Department SWAT for the service of the warrants.  Baca was taken into custody without incident and booked at the San Juan County Detention Center on the Trafficking warrant in addition to a probation/parole hold.

Agents recovered nearly ½ pound of heroin, 26 prescription pain pills packaged for resale, 9 grams of powder cocaine and a small amount of marijuana.  Also seized were $3,464 cash and 6 firearms.

2 other adults were located in the residence, this investigation is ongoing and further arrests are expected.

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