Bootleggers used 7-year-old girl to deliver drugs, bootleg liquor

Posted at: 05/14/2014 10:21 PM
By: Stuart Dyson, KOB Eyewitness News 4

Kids grow up fast in the villages of Northern New Mexico – but this takes the cake – a 7-year-old girl who moonlights as a bootlegger!

Rio Arriba County deputies say it happened in the village of Cordova, just north of Chimayo late last week. Deputies working undercover said they accompanied a “confidential informant” to the door of a house on County Road 80 and a young girl answered his knock. He asked for beer, the deputies said, and the girl turned around and shouted “beer!” to an elderly woman in the house. They said the woman told the girl to tell them to come back a little bit later and their order would be ready.

“I don’t think we’ve ever seen anything like this,” said Rio Arriba County Sheriff Tommy Rodella. “It really tells me how callous these people are, when you have a 7-year-old acting as the go-between, as the mule, so to speak, to deliver the drugs, to deliver the bootleg liquor.”

Meanwhile an undercover deputy said he watched a man buying what appeared to be narcotics from inside the house, and he asked the man to buy some cocaine for him, which the man did.

Deputies left and returned a short time later with a search warrant and raided the house. They found packets of cocaine and other drugs, weapons, cell phones and cash. They also found four small children, including the 7-year-old girl, and arrested their father, 28-year-old Danny Trujillo. Trujillo and two other men are charged with child abuse and cocaine trafficking. One other man is charged with cocaine possession and one woman is charged with cocaine trafficking.

Deputies said they also found a mentally ill man locked naked in a back room of the house, reeking of urine. The man was in custody of Adult Protective Services following a psychological exam. The four children ranging in age from three to seven are in a Children Youth and Families Department foster home.