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2 nabbed on drug charges

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Crack cocaine, methamphetamine found

By Martin Salazar

Las Vegas police executing two separate search warrants last week discovered crack cocaine and methamphetamine, and now two individuals are facing serious charges.

Arrested were Ricky Silva, 35, of the 300 block of Monia Street, and Ana M. Tafoya, 31, of the 1800 block of Romero Street.

Silva has been charged with possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine, a second-degree felony, and with possession of hydrocodone, possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia, all misdemeanors.

The probable cause statement filed in San Miguel County Magistrate Court last week notes that authorities executed a search warrant on Silva’s Monia Street residence at about 7 p.m. last Monday. During that search, they found 34 rocks of suspected crack cocaine in the kitchen, along with marijuana. They also found a digital weighing scale and marijuana smoking devices.

“Upon the person of R. Silva, assisting officers located prescription medication hydrocodone folded in a piece of paper,” the court document states.

Las Vegas Police tested the substances found in Silva’s home and confirmed they were illegal drugs.

Silva was arrested and booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center. His bond was set at $15,000 cash.

Tafoya, meanwhile has been charged with possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine, a second-degree felony and with possession of drug paraphernalia, a misdemeanor.

Authorities executed a search warrant on her Romero Street home on Tuesday and found suspected methamphetamine inside her bedroom. They also found a weighing scale and smoking devices.

Police say the methamphetamine was enclosed in individual separate packaging materials. The substance was tested and came back positive for methamphetamine, according to the probable cause statement filed in San Miguel County Magistrate Court on Wednesday.

Tafoya was booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center and is being held in lieu of a $7,000 cash bond.