New Mexico woman to be sentenced Nov. 6

Saturday, October 25, 2008

A New Mexico woman will be sentenced Nov. 6 in Putnam County Circuit Court on drug-related felony charges.

Elizabeth Talamantes, 25, of Albuquerque is charged with Class C felony conspiracy to commit dealing in marijuana over 10 pounds and possession of marijuana, identity deception and neglect of a dependent, all Class D felonies. If convicted on all charges, she could be sentenced to 17 years in prison.

According to a narrative prepared by Deputy Craig Sibbett of the Putnam County Sheriff's Department, Sibbett observed a gray Jeep with "very heavy window tint" pass him while he was stationary on I-70 eastbound at the 35 mile marker at 4:31 a.m. on March 16.

Sibbett began to follow the vehicle, which slowed down and began to impede traffic. Sibbett stopped the vehicle just off the 41 exit ramp, court documents said.

Sibbett observed a Hispanic female driver, one young hispanic male in the front passenger seat and two Hispanic males in the back of the Jeep under a blanket.

The driver told Sibbett she did not have a driver's license in her possession, but that she did have a warning ticket from a traffic stop in Texas. Sibbett put the woman in the front seat of his police cruiser.

The ticket from Texas bore the name Venus Iliana Martinez. The driver told Sibbett that was her name, and that she was on her way to Indianapolis from Albuquerque for her uncle's funeral. She said the two young males in the Jeep were her nephews and the passenger was her boyfriend.

Sibbett then spoke to the front seat passenger, who told him he and the driver were on their way to Indianapolis to visit relatives.

"During my interaction with the female subject, I noticed that she was overly talkative, and appeared to be extremely nervous and fidgety," Sibbett said in his narrative. "Due to my training and experience, I know that inconsistencies in travel itinerary are an indicator of criminal activity. I also felt that the overly nervous behavior exhibited by the driver, who was coming from a source area for narcotics, could mean that she had narcotics in her vehicle."

Shortly thereafter, officers began a hand search of the vehicle and a K-9 officer was brought in. The dog indicated there was an odor of narcotics coming from a spare tire that had been removed from the Jeep.

At that point, court documents said, the driver told officers she had lied about her identity and that accurate identifying documents could be found hidden in the headliner of the Jeep's passenger side.

Sibbett found a birth certificate, picture identification card and Social Security Card bearing the name Jessica Romero Marquez.

The driver then told officers the spare tire was filled with narcotics -- approximately 40 pounds of marijuana. She said she was delivering the narcotics for another male that was traveling to Indianapolis, court documents said.

On March 17, a representative from Putnam County Children's Protective Services contacted Sibbett and told him she had been in contact with relatives of the two backseat passengers in the Jeep -- both minor children -- who told her the driver was not Jessica Marquez, but Elizabeth Talamantes.

Sibbett went to the Putnam County Jail to see the woman, who signed a form "Jessica Marquez." Sibbett confronted her about the identity fraud, and for several minutes the woman insisted she was Jessica Marquez before admitting she was Elizabeth Talamantes.

"She stated that she had lied about her identity because she is in the country illegally and she did not want to lose her child," Sibbett said.

On March 18, Talamantes' bond was set at $30,000 cash only. Her bond was reduced to $30,000 with 10 percent allowed on April 10. Talamantes posted bond and was allowed to return to New Mexico after signing a waiver of extradition.

Talamantes' attorney asked for a continuance for a May 15 pre-trial conference, which was denied. Talamantes was excused from attending that conference.

A change of plea and sentencing hearing was set for Thursday. Talamantes failed to appear, and a warrant was issued for her arrest. Talamantes' attorney, Jeffrey Boggess, filed to have his client's warrant recalled. That request was granted on Friday, and a new sentencing date of Nov. 6 was sent.

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  • Let's see, the girl Lied to the Officer Sibbett several times about who she was,had in her posession false identification, 40 pounds of marijuana in a spare wheel,she is an Illegal Mexican, and 2 minors traveling with her. Can anyone say "Flight Risk?" Who was it who allowed her bond to be reduced? I am with you bondsman, She won't be back,,,,EVER!! Great Job Officer Sibbett, and I also must hand it to Esq. Boggess for getting his client out on a reduced bond and setting an Illegal criminal on the street, or should I say pulling the wool over some Judges eyes. That is what I would want him to do for me if I was packing 40 pounds of weed in the back of my Jeep!! Viva Mexico and pass the Tequila!! Criminals spend NO time in Jail in Putnam County!!

    -- Posted by Afghan Contractor on Sat, Oct 25, 2008, at 1:29 PM
  • I agree with you guys but once agian this also shows a PUTNAM COUNTY SHERIFF patrolling I-70 instead of are county roads yes they might have gotten drugs off the streets but the drugs were not going to be delivered or picked from our community and he pulled her over while it was DARK becasue he said the window tint was DARK....bottom line sibbit just got lucky!!!Granted thanks for getting her and the drugs off the street but you guys need to be getting the drugs that are being used in are county out of are county!!!State police patrol 70 I know you guys might not think patrolling county roads is suck a rush because your not going to get 40LBS. around here usually but the point is patrol are roads!!!!!!!!!!THANKS

    -- Posted by Buck_Hunter_2008 on Sat, Oct 25, 2008, at 5:01 PM
  • Why would they reduce the bond ? - maybe they knew she was a flight risk and would be found guilty - - - how much does it cost to house an inmate 8.5 - 17 years who is in this country illegally - including but not limited to dental, medical, clothing, food?

    -- Posted by Scripted Spontaneity on Sat, Oct 25, 2008, at 8:20 PM
  • Hmmm, an illegal charged with four felonies and a failure to appear after a reduction in bond followed by her warrant being recalled... was she making a pot run for the judge? What would they have done to Joe Sixpack if he'd been caught with an ounce of pot, no kids in the car and proper identification?

    Don't worry, she'll be back through here with a new I.D. and eighty pounds to make up the difference.

    -- Posted by westforty on Sun, Oct 26, 2008, at 6:28 AM
  • My bad, maybe the judge was just being politically correct. this is after all, our replacement, the new American middleclass. The government and Bank of America are counting on them to buy up all the foreclosed homes that you lazy, overpaid Americans made bad on.

    Say hi to your new neighbor for me, I'll be serving twenty for smoking a cigarette in town...

    -- Posted by westforty on Sun, Oct 26, 2008, at 6:53 AM
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