Jesse Currie arrives in Fifth Judicial District Feb. 19 for sentencing. Photo by Maire O’Neill/ladailypost.com
By MAIRE O’NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post
Jessie Currie, 21, of Los Alamos was granted a conditional discharge and placed on three years of supervised probation by First Judicial District Judge T. Glenn Ellington Feb. 19 in Santa Fe.
Under the terms of a plea agreement, Currie agreed to plead guilty to conspiracy to commit trafficking. He could have faced a maximum sentence of three years in prison and a $5,000 fine.
Judge Ellington asked Assistant District Attorney Kent Wahlquist why he went from trafficking to a conditional discharge. Wahlquist said Currie was never charged with trafficking in the case, only conspiracy to commit trafficking and that he had no other drug offenses. He said Currie has another case pending in Sandoval County where he allegedly was given a check to do some work and just kept the check.
Wahlquist said the factual basis of the current case was that Currie communicated with a confidential informant to set up an exchange of drugs but when the actual exchange occurred, Currie was not there.
“So this was an actual conspiracy, not trafficking that we would normally deal with, Wahlquist said.
Judge Ellington told Currie that pretty much everyone who uses deals a little bit.
“They buy more than they’re going to use and cut it up and resell it to cover their own use. It’s when you start working your way up the scale to actually doing this for a profit. It sounds like you were somebody’s connection is the way this came down,” Judge Ellington said. “Everybody knows somebody that can hook them up with somebody that can score. That’s the world we live in. The difference is when you start doing it that way and not for your own use you’re a dealer, you’re a trafficker. You’re not just a user that’s trying to cover their own use. You’re doing something else.”
Judge Ellington told Currie he thought the plea agreement was fairly generous but added that Currie doesn’t have an extensive record. He allowed Currie to participate in the Technical Violation Program and gave him 33 days of credit for time served towards any future incarceration.