Couple jailed with child abuse, drug charges

By William Thompson: Quay County Sun

Two children are in the custody of New Mexico’s Children, Youth and Families Department after Tucumcari police found drug paraphrenalia in one of their bedrooms, according to a police report.

Police responded to a call for assistance about 9 a.m. Thursday from an Adult Parole Office (APO) employee at 122 W. Center St.

Chris Carbajal, 36, and Victoria White, 26, were arrested at their residence and charged with possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, abandonment or abuse of a child and conspiracy.

Carbajal and White pleaded not guilty Monday in Quay
County Magistrate Court to the three felony charges.

Both are in Quay County Detention Center on $20,000 bond and have requested a public defender.

A boy about 6 and a girl about 8 lived at the residence but were not present during the search, said Tucumcari Police Officer Pedro Bolin, who responded to the call.

“One child was the child of Victoria White and the other child was the child of both Victoria White and Chris Carbajal,” Bolin said. A syringe allegedly used to inject methamphetamine was found within reach of the 6-year-old boy, Bolin said.

Bolin’s report described “a multi-colored Scooby Doo box which contained one bag with 28.3 grams of marijuana.” Another 8.2 grams of marijuana was found inside the residence, the report said.