Ex-state cop sentenced to prison for distributing drugs


A former New Mexico State Police officer was sentenced to seven years in federal prison on Tuesday for distributing methamphetamine and cannabis in San Juan County in 2018.

Daniel Capehart, 37, of Bloomfield, was convicted in July 2021 of three counts of distributing marijuana and methamphetamine – twice near a school or playground.

Capehart will be on probation for eight years after serving his sentence.

The investigation began in June 2018 when Capehart arrested a 16-year-old girl and her friend in Farmington, court records show. Capehart began texting the girl within hours and the family reported it to authorities.

Authorities said a San Juan County Sheriff’s Detective impersonated the girl and Capehart dropped off marijuana meant for the teen on two separate occasions. Capehart also offered to give confiscated meth to another woman for sex.

The FBI staged a sting where Capehart arrested an undercover agent with methamphetamine, then brought the drugs for the woman to a park in Bloomfield, court records show. Capehart was arrested soon after.

According to a press release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office, the case has been prosecuted as part of an investigation by the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force.

The statement said the task force “identifies, disrupts and disrupts the highest level drug traffickers, money launderers, gangs and transnational criminal organizations that threaten the United States using a directed multi-agency approach by the prosecutor, intelligence-driven that leverages the strengths of federal, state and local law enforcement agencies against criminal networks.

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