Peñasco woman sold prescription painkillers out of her home
A 73-year-old woman admitted to selling prescription narcotics out of her home in Peñasco Friday (Dec. 14) in Taos District Court.
Viola Quintana pleaded guilty to one count of drug trafficking, a second-degree felony, as part of a plea agreement struck with the 8th Judicial District Attorney’s Office.
She will be placed on five years of supervised probation, which may become unsupervised after two and a half years if she complies with court orders.
According to court documents, Quintana was arrested in March by the Region III Drug Task Force, part of the New Mexico High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area program. At the woman’s home, officers said they found marked and unmarked bottles containing hydrocodone and oxycodone, along with hundreds of dollars in cash.
In court on Friday, Quintana told Judge Jeff McElroy she had been prescribed the medications after having knee surgery and had begun selling them out of her home as a means to make money on the side.