Raids in Portales lead to several arrests

By Tony Parra: Freedom Newspapers

Area law enforcement officials arrested eight people in a series of raids late this week, including a Portales man for the second time in less than a month.

Armando Ontiveros, 38, was charged Friday with disposal of stolen property. Portales police officers and Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Department deputies arrested Ontiveros on Friday morning.

Ontiveros was also arrested on March 15 and charged with possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute, a third-degree felony, and with possession of drug equipment on a raid on his residence at 452 S. Roosevelt Road T.

According to the New Mexico Courts Web site, Ontiveros was released on bond on March 17.

“The burglary came up since then,” Portales Police Capt. Lonnie Berry said. “We did recover a substantial amount of stolen property.”

Berry said possession of stolen property charges (a felony) are pending.

Berry said the items recovered were building materials: a welder, rolls of carpet remnants, siding, wall heaters, air compressors, tools and ceramic tile. He said the raid was conducted at 6 a.m. and by Friday afternoon police officers were still removing items from three houses located on the property.

“In one house alone we recovered more than $1,500 worth of property,” Berry said. “I’ve been happy (with the results of the raids). We know that narcotics and stolen property are related.”

During Friday’s raid, Berry said police officers also arrested another individual on misdemeanor charges, but added felony charges could be filed on the individual.

According to a Roosevelt County Detention Center official, Ontiveros has a $1,500 cash-only bond and was still being held in jail as of Friday afternoon. Family members could not be reached for comment on Friday afternoon.

On Thursday, police officers and deputies arrested six people during drug raids. The drug raids took place after 5 p.m. and, according to Berry, police officers recovered 3.2 grams of methamphetamines, 1.2 grams of powder cocaine, 3.1 grams of crack cocaine and 15 grams of marijuana.

At a residence in the 600 block of Avenue E, Jeremy Roy was arrested and his children, ages 3 and 1, were placed in the custody of Children Youth and Families Department officials, according to Berry.

Jeremy Roy, 27, faces one count of possession of methamphetamines and two counts of drug paraphernalia, according to the criminal complaint. Kriston Roy, 20, faces one count of possession of drug paraphernalia and one count of possession of marijuana.

Also arrested at that residence were four other individuals on misdemeanor counts, according to court documents.

During another raid at a different home, a woman was arrested on misdemeanor charges.

The six individuals arrested and their family members could not be reached for comment on Friday afternoon. By Friday afternoon all of them except for one person had bonded out.

Berry said deputies, police officers and probation officers began putting together the joint-operation at the start of the week.