Det. Ryan Wolking, left, Det. Sgt. James Rodriguez and Assistant District Attorney Kent Wahlquist chat after the June 11 preliminary hearing for Anthony Knief in Los Alamos Magistrate Court. Photo by Maire O’Neill/ladailypost.com
Los Alamos Magistrate Court Judge Pat Casados has bound Anthony Knief over to District Court on 20 of 27 drug-related charges related to his arrest in March during Operation Spring Cleaning, a drug sweep by Los Alamos Police Department. Casados made her decision following a lengthy preliminary hearing June 22 and testimony by Det. Sgt. James Rodriguez and case lead Det. Ryan Wolking.
Wolking testified about two controlled buys he coordinated between Knief and a confidential informant. Rodriguez testified about the execution of a search warrant at Knief’s 41st Street home when controlled substances including more than a dozen prescription pills, marijuana, Psilocybin mushrooms, lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD) and cocaine were found as well as multiple items of drug paraphernalia.
District Attorney Kent Wahlquist provided a laboratory analysis report for the controlled substances seized at the scene. Knief’s attorney, Kitren Fischer, argued that many of the drugs on the report had no confirmatory testing and had only been examined using reference material. Fischer told the Court Knief should only be bound over on four charges but after an hour in recess to review the evidence presented, Casados ruled that Knief be bound over on the following charges:
One count of trafficking a controlled substance, one count of possession of marijuana, six counts of misdemeanor possession of a controlled substance, eight counts of danger drugs – condition for sale, one count of trafficking a controlled substance and three counts of use or possession of drug paraphernalia.