FARMINGTON — Region II Narcotics Task Force agents this week confiscated 23 pounds of marijuana and more than a pound of methamphetamine.
A sheriff's deputy responded Tuesday to County Road 2595 for a domestic violence call. While in the home, the deputy inquired about illegal drugs and eventually found 23 pounds of marijuana under a floorboard, Region II Sgt. Brice Current said.
The marijuana was packaged in bricks and covered in axle grease, causing police to suspect the drugs came directly to the Four Corners area after crossing the U.S.-Mexico border, Current said.
Police arrested Miguel Grijalva, 30. He was charged with possession of marijuana with intent to distribute.
Hours later, early Wednesday morning, Region II agents, along with the FBI, Farmington Police and the San Juan County Sheriff's Office, executed three search warrants in regard to another suspect, Raul Fierro-Gonzales.
A pound of methamphetamine and a small amount of cocaine were found at one location and a quarter pound of meth was found in the false bottom of an Ajax container in a car Fierro-Gonzales was driving.
Marcos Ramirez also arrested was during the search.
Both men are associated with a multi-state drug trafficking organization, Current said.
When you see (that purity of methamphetamine) that leaves you to believe you're really getting close to the cartel, Current said.
Confiscating a high volume of drugs in a week is a positive sign, but doesn't tell much about the efforts to stop powerful drug traffickers from infiltrating the region, Current said.
Week to week, it doesn't tell you anything, he said. But we're running into a lot more ... it's been a good year.
By Ryan Boetel