By QCS Staff
Stella Chavez, 35, was charged on Friday with three felony charges for possession of drugs, battery and tampering with evidence.
Chavez appeared in the Magistrate Court before Judge Edwin Bruhn.
Chavez is the mother of Augustine Montiel, the 12-year-old who died in a Tucumcari canal. Montiel’s autopsy revealed that he was intoxicated.
Two Tucumcari residents, Crystal Cochran and Fred Jarmillio have been charged in connection with his death.
Police searched Chavez’ residence on Thursday afternoon and found, among other things, a glass smoking pipe and two blue bills, identified as Xanax. Police also confiscated a pouch containing $1,100.
During the hearing, Dora Floeck said she had paid the money to Chavez for furniture.
Speaking to Chavez via closed circuit television, Floeck told her, “I’m going to see you straight. Even if I have to take you home and watch over you myself.”
Bruhn set Chavez’ bail at $20,000 cash.
If convicted on the felony charges, Chavez could be fined up to $15,000 and imprisonment for four and a half years.
Because of her son’s death, Chavez had previous sentencing postponed by the courts. Those charges also were related to drug use.