ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) - Police arrested an Albuquerque city employee they suspect had been dealing drugs from his office and even threatened to put a hit out on a woman who talked to cops about it.
Undercover officers with the Albuquerque Police Department said they watched Patrick Vargas sell drugs out of the Albuquerque Housing Authority after they got a tip from an informant.
"Oxycodone, pills, possible heroin, cocaine and possibly steroids," Sgt. Pat Ficke said.
Detectives said Vargas would meet people including city garbage workers on the side of the building for the hand offs and also was dealing from home.
"As far as the house, same patterns we were seeing here," Ficke said.
After doing some surveillance at Vargas's southwest Albuquerque home, they said two different people came by to pick up drugs.
Police later kicked in the door and searched his home.
"We know what he's selling, what he's doing," Ficke said. "But as far as what we found, we haven't found anything."
Even though police did not find drugs on Vargas or at his home or office, they did arrest him at work Thursday for what he said to an alleged accomplice police have been talking to.
"She was scared because she did want to come forward, but she couldn't because of the intimidation factor that Mr. Vargas put on her," Ficke said.
A criminal complain alleges Vargas told the woman he would have his buddy, who is fresh out of prison, kill her if he ever got busted.
The woman said Vargas gave his friend her name, address and Social Security number as part of the contract on her life.
Vargas was in court on intimidation charges Friday morning.
He has worked at the Albuquerque Housing Authority since 2003.
Right now, he is not charged with any drug crimes but that could change.
KRQE News 13 also found out Vargas has a violent criminal past.
He was convicted of aggravated burglary and aggravated battery in 1994 before he was hired by the city.
The city is investigating now to see whether he should have even been hired in the first place.