PRESS RELEASE: Farmington detectives intercept gun-theft/trafficking ring

Farmington, NM – Detectives with the Farmington Police Department arrested two suspects in a gun-theft/trafficking ring uncovered following a burglary investigation. On July 11 around 4:00 a.m. officers were dispatched to East Main Trade Center for a burglary alarm. Officers arrived and found a metal security door that had been forced open and glass broken out of the door. Officers didn’t find any suspects at the scene but recovered shoe impressions and blood. Detectives later learned the blood belonged to one of two suspects who cut himself on the broken glass. FPD detectives and gang unit detectives initiated an investigation, which continued throughout the night for 48 hours. Members of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms Albuquerque office later joined the investigation to assist our personnel.

Initial leads were narrowed and focused on two suspects identified through video surveillance. Detectives remembered a previous contact with individuals whose clothing resembled those of the suspects in the video. These small, distinct details ultimately led to the arrest of Kenneth Alcon, 26, and Isaiha Trujillo, 22, both of Farmington. Alcon was arrested on July 12 on charges of aggravated burglary (armed after enter) (with use of a firearm), larceny of a firearm, felon in possession and criminal damage to property. Trujillo was arrested early morning on July 13 on charges of aggravated burglary (armed after entering) (with use of a firearm), conspiracy, larceny of a firearm and criminal damage to property. At least five other suspects have been identified and are being investigated in relation to the gun-theft/trafficking ring.

Search warrants obtained by detectives and gang unit detectives resulted in the recovery of over 20 firearms from multiple locations and vehicles. Some of the firearms were those taken from East Main Trade Center and others reported to have been stolen previously. Three of the firearms were recovered from a residence in the 900 block of Hollywood Street.

The investigation remains ongoing at this time. Anyone with information about stolen guns and/or gun trafficking is asked to please call Farmington detectives at 599-1005. Anonymous tips may be submitted to San Juan County Crime Stoppers at 334-TIPS.