Residents arrested on meth charges

By Andy Jackson: CNJ staff writer

Seven area residents were arrested early Thursday morning on federal charges of methamphetamine trafficking in a series of raids throughout Clovis.

Dubbed “Generation Ice Takedown,” the raids resulted from long-term federal, state and local police investigations, a Clovis police press release said.

District Attorney Matt Chandler said the arrests will make a significant impact on the production, trafficking and use of methamphetamine in the community.

Methamphetamine and cash were recovered, Chandler said, but officials would not say how much or where drugs and cash were seized.

The operation focused on weapons and money used to traffic “ice,” which is slang for methamphetamine, Chandler said.

Officials released the names of those arrested, but did not supply ages or addresses.

The suspects are in federal custody, Clovis police Lt. James Schoeffel said, but he did not know their location.

Clovis police, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration and the 9th Judicial District Attorney’s office refused to disclose the search locations, citing an ongoing investigation.

Court records show a federal grand jury indicted 14 people on Oct. 26 on charges of possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute between October 2004 and October 2005 in McKinley, Bernalillo and Curry counties, and in other states. Some of the names of those arrested Thursday matched names on the indictment list.

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.

Retail prices of methamphetamine range from $400 to $3,000 per ounce, according to the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration Web site.