NMSP Narcotics Operation Leads To Five Arrests In Rio Arriba And Taos Counties

NMSP News:
In late 2017, the New Mexico State Police received several complaints of illegal narcotic activity occurring in the smaller communities of Rio Arriba and Taos Counties.
In January 2018, the New Mexico State Police launched an investigation into these complaints.
Through joint cooperation between the New Mexico State Police and the Region III Drug Task Force (which is comprised of the New Mexico State Police, Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Office, Rio Arriba County Sheriff’s Office, Drug Enforcement Agency, and is supported by The High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas (HIDTA) program), this three month long operation focused on individuals identified to be engaged in illegal narcotics trafficking and distribution in the communities of Peñasco, Dixon and Cordova.
This joint investigation culminated in the execution of five narcotics related search warrants  March 15 in the counties of Rio Arriba and Taos. As a result of this investigation, the following individuals were charged and arrested:
Leonard Gallegos, 34, of Dixon
(One count Trafficking controlled substances, one count Possession of controlled substance)
Danielle Rodriguez, 28, of Peñasco
(Two counts Trafficking controlled substances, one count of Possession of Marijuana Less than one ounce)
Viola Quintana, 72, of Peñasco
(One count Trafficking controlled substances)
Patrick Medina, 48, of Peñasco
(Four counts trafficking controlled substances, two counts Felon in possession of firearm, one count Possession of Marijuana)
Edwin Cano, 42, of Peñasco
(One count Possession of controlled substance)





Seizure totals from all warrants combined:

  • 320 miscellaneous illegal prescription pills
  • 4.8 ounces of Cocaine
  • 2.1 Grams of Methamphetamines
  • 6.5 grams of Heroin
  • 1.0 Ounce Marijuana
  • 82 Suboxone strips
  • 3 handguns (evidence)
The New Mexico State Police remains committed to the concerns of communities around the state and will continue to target those who victimize citizens through illicit narcotic activity.