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BCSO: Texting leads to drug charges for ABQ man

An Albuquerque man pulled over for texting while driving by the Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Office faces a slew of drug charges, including possession of marijuana with intent to distribute and possession of Oxycodone, according to a criminal complaint filed in Metropolitan Court.

Thomas Kenton, 22, was pulled over Thursday around 5 p.m. after a BCSO deputy noticed he appeared to be texting and was drifting between lanes, according to the complaint.

The deputy noticed Kenton was sweating and appeared to be nervous and he said he didn’t know where the insurance and registration was, according to the complaint.

“I advised Thomas that people typically leave the registration and insurance in the glove box,” the complaint reads.

Kenton then told the deputy there was a gun in the glove box, and police searched him for weapons, finding a firearm and seven oxycodone pills, according to the complaint.


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The deputy found more than 10 grams of marijuana split into individual packages, another firearm and a knife during a vehicle search, according to the complaint.

Kenton was booked into the county jail on the above-mentioned charges.

A bill banning texting and driving statewide is on the Governor’s desk for approval, though Albuquerque had already enacted a similar measure into law.