FARMINGTON — A former Piedra Vista baseball star was arrested by Farmington police in connection with drug trafficking charges in Louisiana.

Victor Justin Paulos, 23, waived his extradition hearing and will be sent to Louisiana to face charges.

Paulos was arrested Nov. 21 by Farmington police at a home on Desert Rose Trail, said Lt. Taft Tracy.

Paulos was wanted by authorities in Calcasieu Parish, La., on two counts of possession of marijuana with intent to distribute.

His bond for those charges was set at $100,000, according to court documents.

Paulos waived his right to an attorney and an extradition hearing on Monday and will be sent to Louisiana, according to court documents.

Details about the case in Louisiana are not clear. The Calcasieu Sheriff's Office has not returned calls.

Paulos grew up in Farmington and was a baseball player with a promising career.

In 2007, he was a star pitcher for Piedra Vista. He tossed a no-hitter against Aztec and lead his team to Piedra Vista's first-ever win against Farmington, which at the time were the defending state champions.

The Daily Times published a story about Paulos when he signed to play for Frank Phillips College in Borger, Texas, in June of 2007.

The story ran under the headline: "An ace on his way."

"Hopefully this is the next step to go beyond and make it to the big leagues." Paulos, who was 6 foot 3 inches and 200 pounds in high school and had a strong fast ball, said at the time.


In 2008, he was a left-handed pitcher for Frank Phillips College, according to the team's roster.

"I don't know what to say other than I'm sorry to hear that," said Dick Laughlin, the former Piedra Vista coach. "It's been a while since I coached him ... but he did well for me at P.V. as far as being a good citizen."