Peñasco woman sold pre­scrip­tion painkillers out of her home

The Taos News - - COPS, CRIME, COURTS - By John Miller [email protected]­

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.

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