Clovis woman sentenced to six years on drug charge

CNJ staff A 42-year-old Clovis woman received a six-year prison sentence after pleading guilty Friday to a charge of distribution of marijuana. Chantille Woods was arrested in April 2009 after a state police officer smelled marijuana coming from her vehicle during a routine traffic stop, according to a press release from the district attorney’s office. […]

Military force won’t deter drug cartels

Freedom New Mexico Mexican President Felipe Calderon has promised to send more than 2,500 additional military troops to his northeast border to deal with the growing violence right across from the Rio Grande Valley. Calderon said last month that he would deploy four more battalions, each with about 650 troops, to Mexico’s northeast border. He […]

Agents seize more than $100,000 in drugs

CNJ staff Regional drug agents intercepted a drug delivery in Clovis Wednesday, seized more than $100,000 in drugs, cash and property and arrested three area residents. Among items seized was more than $31,000 cocaine and $11,000 worth of meth, according to a press release from the Curry County Sheriff’s Office. Terming the seizure as “substantial,” […]

Portales man arrested in drug seizure

The Associated Press PEORIA, Ariz. (AP) — A New Mexico man and two Mexican citizens have been arrested after authorities seized about 85 pounds of cocaine at a Peoria home. Arizona Department of Public Safety officers served a search warrant at the house Tuesday. Detectives were searching for money, drugs and suspects believed to be […]

Couple’s ministry takes to road

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Freedom New Mexico: Alisa Boswell Forrest and Maggie Griffin with their dog and traveling companion, Casey. Alisa Boswell Love, a struggle with drug addiction and a brush with death put Forrest and Maggie Griffin in their van and on the road to a different sort of Christian ministry. The Griffins live in their van as […]

Roosevelt farmer pleads guilty on drug charges

Argen Duncan In a plea agreement, Roosevelt County farmer William “Billy Joe” Watson has pleaded guilty to transporting anhydrous ammonia for methamphetamine manufacture across state lines. Under federal charges, Watson was accused of buying anhydrous ammonia in Texas and in New Mexico and giving it to federal agents he believed were members of the Aryan […]

Clovis man sentenced to eight years on drug charges

CNJ staff A Clovis man was sentenced Monday to eight years in prison on drug charges. Marcello Garza, 34, was convicted in October of possession of paraphernalia, marijuana and methamphetamines as well as felon in possession of a firearm, according to a press release from the district attorney’s office. The convictions stemmed from two incidents. […]

New efforts won’t solve old problems

Freedom New Mexico Border residents surely are growing more alarmed at the escalating violence in Mexico, often within earshot of U.S. residents. Large gunbattles between drug cartels, and between them and the Mexican military, are getting larger, and closer. A recent U.S. government report isn’t going to ease the concerns of those who worry about […]

Money needed to keep border open, secure

Freedom New Mexico Drug battles in Mexico have been growing increasingly violent, and increasingly close to Texas’ Rio Grande Valley residents. Shootouts in Matamoros, Reynosa and other border towns are now being reported daily. It’s proper, then, for our border senators to try to secure more funding to improve our nation’s border crossings. Both senators […]

Drug-sniffing dog donated to Curry County

Jared Tucker Portales police are helping the Curry County Sheriff’s Office take a bite out of crime — they’re donating their only drug-sniffing dog. Portales Police Chief Jeff Gill told City Council members on Tuesday that his only certified canine officer has resigned to pursue his passion for ranching, and none of his other officers […]

Prescription drug misuse could cost airmen

By Senior Airman Amanda Dick: 86th Airlift Wing Public Affairs RAMSTEIN AIR BASE, Germany — Sitting in his room with a headache, an airman contemplates whether or not to take pain medication that was prescribed to him for a tooth extraction several months ago. He decides it’s pain medication, and he’s suffering from pain, so […]

Three Portales women arrested in drug bust

Freedom New Mexico Three Roosevelt County women were arrested on drug charges on Wednesday, a joint effort by Roosevelt and Curry county sheriff’s offices, Portales and Clovis police departments. The arrests were made in the 800 block of South Avenue G. A narcotics search warrant was executed and during the search deputies found methamphetamine, cocaine […]

Interviews set for Region V Drug Task Force coordinator

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Three candidates are being interviewed Monday for the position of Region V Drug Task Force coordinator. Clovis Police Chief Steve Sanders said the candidates for the position are retired Deputy Police Chief Roger Bartosiewicz, retired Clovis Police Chief Ray Mondragon and former Clovis Police Officer Heather Wike. Sanders, who […]

Two arrested for drug trafficking

CNJ staff Two Clovis men were arrested Friday for drug trafficking, accused of having almost $10,000 worth of cocaine in their possession. Jesus Dominguez, 21, and Roman Ramos Villareal, 34, are charged with trafficking cocaine, conspiracy to traffic cocaine and possession of paraphernalia. Additionally, Villareal is charged with tampering with evidence and Dominguez with possession […]

Crash landing report turns into drug bust

Over 400 pounds of Marijuana was seized when a fixed wing Piper airplane landed on a farm near Tucumcari last night (Monday). Officers from the Tucumcari State Police office were investigating an alleged plane crash just after 9:00 PM last night when they learned that the pilot was transporting narcotics.

Child aids in drug arrest

CNJ staff Curry County Sheriff’s investigators arrested a Clovis couple Friday on drug charges following a tip from one of the children living in the residence. Danny, 35, and Samantha Alcala, 32, are charged with possession of methamphetamine, possession of drug paraphernalia, tampering with evidence and child endangerment. The child who called law enforcement alleged […]

Child aids in parents’ drug arrest

On April 23, 2010, Investigators from the Curry County Sheriff’s Office and Clovis Police Department, who are assigned to the Region V Drug Task Force, served a search warrant at a residence in the 2800 block of Harrison in Clovis. An investigation was initiated after a thirteen year old child reported that the child’s parents […]

Couple faces felony drug charges

CNJ staff A Clovis couple is facing felony drug charges after police say they found approximately 20 rocks of crack cocaine in their home. Region V Drug Task Force agents arrested the couple Friday night. According to a release from the Curry County Sheriff’s office, agents discovered the illegal drugs while executing a search warrant […]

Clovis man sentenced for cocaine trafficking

CNJ staff A 43-year-old Clovis man was sentenced to 18 years in prison Thursday for trafficking cocaine. James Sneed was convicted by a jury in October. He was arrested while drug task force agents were serving a search warrant at his home in March 2009. During the search, Sneed was attempting to get dressed and […]

Police: Three arrested for attempting to transport meth

CNJ staff Three people were arrested Wednesday after police said they tried to transport methamphetamines into Clovis. Aleasha Shober, 29, Charles Landon Bannister, 27, both of Clovis, were arrested in Texico after agents with the Region V Drug Task Force stopped the vehicle they were driving, said a press release from the Curry County Sheriff. […]