Search warrant leads to slew of arrests at El Prado residence


Updated March 23, 2017 at 10:20 a.m.

New Mexico State Police arrested five people at a house in the 700 block of Paseo del Pueblo Norte in El Prado March 15 – three on outstanding arrest warrants and others on drug charges.

Lt. Edwardo Martinez, commander of the New Mexico State Police, Taos District, said the arrests occurred when officers served a search warrant at the residence of Raymond P. Martinez, 48 – no relation to the commander – after spotting a stolen silver 2008 Cadillac SUV parked behind a locked gate on the property.

New Mexico State Police Officer Alexander Bennett, along with other responding officers, arrived at the residence and executed the search warrant around 5 p.m.

Upon entry, police located and arrested Raymond Martinez and four other individuals. Officers also discovered “a good amount of black tar heroin, packaging material, scales and other paraphernalia used for the trafficking of heroin – and also paraphernalia for crack cocaine and possibly meth,” Lt. Martinez said in an interview March 16.

Lt. Martinez said that a separate narcotics search warrant was subsequently obtained to recover the evidence.

Three wanted individuals were among those arrested: Sonya Venegas, 30; Julian Sanchez, 50; and Selena McCracken.

Venegas and Sanchez were both arrested on outstanding felony arrest warrants. Sanchez had been listed on the Taos County Crime Stoppers “most wanted” list for harassment and failing to pay the courts a $5,000 fine. Venegas was picked up on an outstanding warrant for at least one drug trafficking charge and failing to pay a $20,000 fine. McCracken was also arrested for failing to pay a court fine, in addition to drug charges stemming from the incident. McCracken’s court records were not available as of press time and no cases were listed for her in the state court online database.

All three individuals were taken into custody without incident. Both Sanchez and Venegas are being held on separate $20,000 cash-only bonds and McCracken has been released.

Adam Concha, 29, was also arrested and charged with possession of a controlled substance, a fourth-degree felony; resisting, evading or obstructing an officer, a misdemeanor; and possession, delivery or manufacture of drug paraphernalia, a misdemeanor. Concha is currently being held on a $15,000 cash-only bond in the Taos County Adult Detention Center.

According to a criminal complaint filed in Taos County Magistrate Court last week, Raymond Martinez has picked up four additional charges connected to last week’s incident, including receiving stolen property, a third-degree felony; two counts of harboring or aiding a felon, fourth-degree felonies; and use or possession of drug paraphernalia, a misdemeanor.

Martinez was arraigned on the charges March 17. His preliminary hearing has been set for May 4 at 10 a.m. in Taos County Magistrate Court.