Seven Tucumcari area residents are facing felony drug trafficking charges as part of District Attorney Tim Rose’s crackdown on methamphetamine operations, Rose said in a press release Tuesday.
On Aug. 12, Tucumcari police executed a search warrant and arrested Max Jimenez, Jr., on an outstanding Quay County Magistrate Court warrant for trafficking of methamphetamine and conspiracy to commit trafficking of a controlled substance. Also arrested in that search was Theresa Quintana of Tucumcari.
Arrest warrants had been issued for Jimenez, as well as for Pete (P.J.) Estrada, La Donna Evans, Hector Dominguez, Agnes (Krissy) Hussman, Mathew Arias and Jolanda Jessie. All have been arrested except Estrada, who is still wanted, according to Rose.
Rose said the search for Jimenez and Estrada involved posting notices through the Tucumcari Crimestoppers Organization for information leading to the arrest and indictment of both men.
Rose said Jimenez’s arrest is a result of a Crimestopper’s tip that was received on Aug. 12. The Crimestoppers informant also said Quintana was in possession of a substantial amount of methamphetamine.
The search warrant for Jimenez and Quintana was issued and executed on the same day by Tucumcari police officers with assistance from the investigations division of the Tenth Judicial District Attorney’s Office and the Quay County Sheriff’s Office.
Jimenez was inside Quintana’s residence. Both were found to be in possession of methamphetamine, and drug paraphernalia was also found during the search, Rose reported.
Both Jimenez and Quintana were jailed and charged with the drug-related offenses. Quintana was charged with harboring or aiding a felon, because she allowed Jimenez to stay at her residence to evade police, Rose reported.
Police are still actively seeking Estrada, and are requesting the public’s assistance in locating him.
Jimenez is being held at the Quay County Detention Center on drug trafficking and conspiracy to commit drug trafficking charges, charges of methamphetamine possession stemming from the execution of the search warrant, and on warrants issued in multiple non-related criminal cases. Quintana is also being held at the detention center on charges of harboring or aiding a felon, possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.
“The apprehension and prosecution of these local meth dealers is the result of months of investigations through our office,” Rose said. “Meth investigations are ongoing and will continue as long as I am in office and as long as we are blessed with the dedicated staff and law enforcement officers that contributed to our operations. I expect several more arrests in the near future.”