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Knief Pleads Guilty To Two Counts Of Trafficking – 18 Charges Dismissed

on September 27, 2017 - 8:12am

Anthony Knief awaits his plea hearing Monday in First Judicial District Court in Santa Fe with his attorney Kitren Fischer. Photo by Maire O'Neill/


Los Alamos Daily Post

Anthony Knief, 33, of Taos was sentenced to nine years of incarceration for each of two trafficking charges in First Judicial District Court Monday in Santa Fe. Judge Mary Marlowe Sommer suspended the two sentences, which are to run consecutively and ordered Knief to be on supervised probation for five years. Eighteen other drug-related charges were dismissed as a result of the plea agreement.

Knief was one of seven people arrested by Los Alamos Police Department in March during Operation Spring Cleaning. He was originally bound over from Los Alamos Magistrate Court to District Court on one count of trafficking a controlled substance, one count of possession of marijuana, six counts of misdemeanor possession of a controlled substance, eight counts of dangerous drugs – condition for sale, one count of trafficking a controlled substance and three counts of use or possession of drug paraphernalia.

Judge Marlowe Sommer cautioned Knief that if he violates his probation he stands to be incarcerated for 18 years less any time served on probation.

“If you pick up another trafficking conviction it’s another mandatory 18 years,” she said.

In stating the facts of the case prior to sentencing, Deputy District Attorney Kent Wahlquist said Knief sold LSD to a confidential informant, and March 20 more controlled substances were found at his home. He said the State was very concerned about children being present at the time of the transactions.

Wahlquist  said since the charges were filed, the mother of the children had taken custody of them and that the State wanted Knief to be required to obey any court orders in the family court case as part of his sentencing.

Knief’s attorney, Kitren Fischer, told the Court Knief had no prior criminal history, has been fully employed in Taos since his release from jail, is paying child support and has attended 180 support meetings since March. Knief told the Court he accepts responsibility for his actions and that being in active addiction he had made a life that was centered around drugs.

Judge Marlowe Sommer told Knief that five years is a long time and that he needed to keep that in front of him every day.

“Eighteen years is a long time and any Court you come back to will understand that you benefitted from all those charges that were dismissed. I understand why they did it. They have 18 counts over your head. They don’t need any more counts especially in light of the fact that if you are convicted of any other trafficking throughout your lifetime you stand to have a mandatory 18 years imposed on you,” she said.