Thursday, April 22, 2010

Socorro Man Arrested On Drug Charges

By John Larson

SOCORRO – A Socorro man was arrested after a raid was conducted Friday afternoon. The search warrant was executed at 3 p.m. on April 16, following an undercover operation.

Jose Mario Gonzales, 19, of Socorro, was arrested on one felony and three misdemeanor charges, including trafficking heroin, possession of medication without a prescription, possession of marijuana, and possession of drug paraphernalia.
According to the criminal complaint filed in Magistrate Court Monday, a team of officers lead by Det. Rocky Fernandez recovered 2.7 grams of heroin, 2.5 grams of marijuana, and one hydrocodone tablet from a residence at 913 ½ B Padilla Place in Socorro.
In the complaint, Fernandez said a female at the residence, Antoinette Jaramillo, was cited for possession of marijuana, cultivating marijuana, and drug paraphernalia.
“I asked if she had known what Mario was doing and she told me, yes she did but they just needed the money,” Fernandez said in the complaint.
When asked if she had a prescription for the hydrocodone, Antoinette Jaramillo said no, “she was pregnant and just smoked marijuana.”
The report stated that she said Mario Gonzales had been crushing and snorting the pills.
Drug paraphernalia seized included an electronic scale, baggies for packaging, and straws.
Det. Richard Lopez said the heroin seized would have had a street valued of between $2,800 to $3,000 if sold in “BB” form – the typical amount for one fix.
Gonzales was arraigned Monday, Apr. 19, and his preliminary hearing has been slated for Wednesday, Apr. 28 in Magistrate Court.

Pictured: Jose Mario Gonzales

Photo courtesy of Socorro Police Department

1 comment:

  1. So you make a 19 year old into a criminal for using drugs. That should help the next time 'they just need money', since getting regular employment will be so much more difficult for him now. Maybe you're happier for him to steal or mug someone, as that now looks like his best career move. The only positive from this will be the enhanced bank balance of the companies making money out of the ridiculously high US prison population. No other country on this planet incarcerates such a high proportion of their population as does the US - mostly because of your savage and backward drug laws. Somewhat ironic in the self proclaimed Land of the Free!