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Rio Arriba County Sheriff James Lujan has had a difficult year so far.
He currently faces two felonies and three misdemeanor charges, all of which stem from incidents where Lujan allegedly assisted, or attempted to assist, former Española city councilor Phillip Chacon evade arrest by the Española Police Department.
Police have arrested Lujan on two separate occasions, the first time for refusing to unlock a cellphone that was subject to a search warrant. Española Police Chief Roger Jimenez stated in a criminal complaint that Lujan used the phone to contact Chacon, whom police were trying to arrest in relation to a stabbing.