Victor Silva, 34, of Socorro was arrested on July 20 and is facing three third-degree felony charges of child abuse, one misdemeanor charge of battery against a household member, two misdemeanor charges involving possession of marijuana and marijuana paraphernalia, and one misdemeanor charge of obstructing an officer.
Maria Montoya, 31, of Socorro, was also arrested on July 20, and is facing three third-degree charges of child abuse and two misdemeanor charges involving possession of marijuana and marijuana paraphernalia.
According to the criminal charges, Montoya's father contacted the police on July 19, because he was concerned about allegations that his daughter had been physically abused by Silva. After unsuccessful attempts by police Sgt. Gilbert Padilla to make contact with either Montoya or Silva, Detective Richard Lopez obtained a warrant to enter their house.
The report said police allegedly found Silva and Montoya inside the residence, with three children.
"There was a brick of marijuana in plain sight," Lopez said.
Lopez obtained a second warrant, this time to allow officers to search for alleged drugs.
"We found more marijuana in tin cans, pipes, baggies and over $700 in cash," Lopez said.
Silva appeared at Socorro's Magistrate Court on July 28 for a preliminary hearing and was released on his own recognizance, on the condition that he have no contact with Montoya. The case was bound over to District Court.
Montoya is scheduled to appear in Magistrate Court for a preliminary hearing on Thursday, Aug. 12.
If convicted on all charges, Silva could face up to 22 years in prison and up to $19,000 in fines. Montoya, if convicted, could face up to 20 years in prison and up to $17,000 in fines.
Previously, Silva and Montoya were both charged on May 12 with one misdemeanor count each of possession of marijuana. On June 21, Magistrate Jim Naranjo ordered both defendants to attend an intensive one-day class called "Second Chance-Life Values" run by A.S.P.E.N., which stands for the Alternative Sentencing Program and Educational Network.