Clovis, N.M. - Matthew Chandler, Ninth Judicial District Attorney, announced today that Daniel Harrison, age 26, was convicted and sentenced today to ten (10) years in the Department of Corrections.
This conviction stems from two separate incidents. The first incident occurred in February of 2006, when the defendant’s vehicle was stopped during a seatbelt enforcement check conducted by Clovis Police Department. The defendant attempted to give officers a false name and was arrested for Concealing Identity. During a routine inventory search prior to towing the defendant’s car, officers found approximately fifty (50) individual rocks of crack cocaine inside the defendant’s vehicle. The defendant later confessed that the drugs were his and that he also sold drugs.
The second incident occurred in February of 2008, when Sgt. Roman Romero from the Clovis Police Department was off-duty and saw an individual walk up to blue minivan driven by the defendant and Romero felt that he witnessed a drug transaction. The defendant later exited and entered a local restaurant. Upon leaving the restaurant, the defendant spotted Sgt. Romero and started running. Sgt. Romero pursued on foot, eventually caught the defendant, who had $2,623 and a large bag of crack cocaine in his pocket. A search of the blue minivan found drug paraphernalia and four (4) large bags containing large amounts of cocaine. Additionally, eighteen (18) large chunks of crack cocaine and a small bag with a large chunk of crack cocaine were recovered around the area of the minivan.
The Honorable Judge Teddy Hartley presided over the jury trial and Deputy District Attorney Fred Van Soelen prosecuted the case for the State. The defendant was sentenced to serve ten (10) years and upon release from prison the defendant must serve an additional five (5) years of intensively supervised parole.