By Andy Jackson: Freedom Newspapers
Seven defendants arrested Thursday morning on charges of trafficking methamphetamine in Clovis will have detention hearings Monday, according to the federal prosecutor handling the case.
The hearings are scheduled for 9:30 a.m. in federal court in Albuquerque, according to Assistant U.S. Attorney Sharon Kimball. The state will argue the individuals be held without bond, Kimball said.
Court records show a federal grand jury indicted 14 suspects Oct. 26 on charges of possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute between October 2004 and last month in McKinley, Bernalillo and Curry counties, and in other states.
The indictment cited six incidents in which one or more of the defendants were involved in a methamphetamine transaction in Curry County between June 13 and Oct. 13, according to the court record. The drug transactions ranged from five to 50 grams of “actual methamphetamine,” according to the indictment.
Arrested in Clovis on Thursday were Chad Mobley, 37, Fernando Enrique Perez, 31, John Jesse Perez Jr., 40, Allen Sierra, 28, Adam Rivera, 27, Dorothy Ulibarri, 35, and Jason Guitierrez, 26, according to officials.
Three additional suspects indicted Oct. 26 by the federal grand jury were arrested Thursday in Lubbock, Kimball said Vicky Lyn Dewabre (born in 1960), Courtney Timms (born in 1973) and Gary Neil Walker (born in 1973).
Michelle D. Balch (born in 1970) was arrested Friday in Albuquerque, Kimball said.
Three more suspects indicted Oct. 26 remain at-large, Kimball said.
Also in custody is David Rosales (born in 1977) of California, who was indicted Oct. 26 on three counts of possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute, according to Kimball.
Federal, state and local police served search and arrest warrants around 6 a.m. Thursday on multiple Clovis locations, according to a press release from the Clovis Police Department.
Officials would not say exactly what was recovered and what locations were searched in the raids. Ninth Judicial District Attorney Matt Chandler said drugs and money were recovered.
The arrest and search warrants served Thursday are sealed from public record, but will be unsealed Monday, Kimball said.