A 21-year-old Espanola man who was granted a conditional discharge on a trafficking of a controlled substance charge and a suspended sentence for driving under the influence Feb. 20 in First Judicial District Court has been arrested by Rio Arriba Sheriff’s Office under a bench warrant issued by Judge T. Glenn Ellington.
Alejandro Gonzalez was originally arrested Dec. 21, 2016 in Los Alamos and charged in Los Alamos Magistrate Court with trafficking a controlled substance, distribution/possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute, tampering with evidence, possession of a controlled substance, driving under the influence, no driver’s license and no operating tail lights. He was bound over Jan. 26 to District Court on those charges but only the trafficking and driving under the influence were filed in District Court.
Gonzales was stopped at 3:45 a.m., Dec. 21, 2016, by former Los Alamos Police Ofc. David Bradshaw and admitted to having taken a sleeping pill. Bradshaw’s report said Gonzalez could barely keep his eyes open and there was a smell of alcohol and a vinegary odor in the vehicle. Gonzalez eventually admitted to having smoked .2 grams of heroin. Bradshaw conducted field sobriety tests and transported Gonzalez to Los Alamos Medical Center, however a nurse could not find a usable vein for blood withdrawal.
Gonzalez was taken to LAPD to be interviewed about his knowledge of possession of stolen property and narcotics sales before being taken to the Detention Center for booking. During booking, Detention officers located 23 individually bagged bundles of heroin concealed in his anal cavity. He told Bradshaw and Det. Matt Lyon that he sold heroin for profit, buying a quarter ounce twice weekly for $490 and selling each quarter ounce at a profit of $190.
Probation officials in Espanola informed the Court that Gonzalez reported to them Feb. 21 and continued to report until May 10. During that time frame, he had one violation for drug use, was referred for treatment and ordered to complete 36 hours of community service, which he did. May 5, he reported to the probation office and was given a random urine analysis, which indicated he was positive for opiates and allegedly admitted to relapsing on heroin.
May 10, Gonzalez failed to report and July 11, probation officials conducted a field visit to his listed residence. Jul. 13, Judge Ellington declared him an absconder, issued a warrant for his arrest and ordered him held without bond. Gonzalez is reportedly an illegal immigrant and could face deportation if the alleged probation violation is substantiated. He remains in the Rio Arriba County Detention Facility.