Seven face felony charges after drug busts

CNJ staff Seven Clovis people face felony charges after Region V Drug Task Force agents made arrests, seized cash, drugs, a motorcycle and a firearm throughout the last three days in Clovis, according to Curry County Undersheriff Wesley Waller. According to Waller: • Michael Dickson, 31, and Betty Garza, 36, were arrested Tuesday after attempting […]

Audio transcript

Below is a transcript of the phone conversation between Stephenson and Garrison in which they discuss the gun theft: Stephenson: Yeah, this is Zach Stephenson. And I was bonded out of jail by some detectives who had promised me leniency for either finding some drugs on the street for them or trying to recover stolen […]

Texas man sentenced to 10 years

An Amarillo man captured at a Clovis motel with drugs and a .38 caliber handgun was sentenced Wednesday to 10 years in prison. Chief Deputy District Attorney Andrea Reeb said Norman Bonner, 33, pleaded guilty to four felony charges: Possession of a controlled substance, possession of dangerous drugs, tampering with evidence and possession of a […]

Let’s subject CEOs to drug testing, too

Freedom New Mexico Perhaps we should test welfare recipients for drugs. Heck, do it for the economy. Much of what distorts markets, and runs our economy into the ground, is welfare. Since July, Florida has used a new tactic in its war on welfare. It enforces a law, signed by Gov. Rick Scott in June, […]

Report shows war on drugs not effective

Defenders of the war on drugs say it’s a matter of simple morality that the United States continue a full range of anti-drug efforts; it’s an expression of opposition to drug use. Drug war defenders fear that use of now-illicit drugs would skyrocket were these drugs declared legal. But, a growing number of people are […]

Restrictions on prescriptions unnecessary

Freedom New Mexico Fallout from our panic-driven war on drugs includes the demonization of medications that has reached irrational levels. Abuse by some has made many drugs unavailable to people who really need them, or driven some to live with their medical condition rather than endure the trouble of getting treatment. Virtually all drugs, including […]

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,” […]

Roosevelt detention officer faces embezzlement charges

Freedom New Mexico A Roosevelt County detention officer is facing petty misdemeanor embezzlement charges, accused of stealing prescription drugs from an inmate. Carolina Gonzalez, 27, of Clovis is the second detention officer this year to be accused of stealing drugs from inmates. Detention center Administrator David Casanova said Gonzalez stole the pills the night of […]

Possible drugs found in jail lobby

CNJ staff Jail Administrator Keith Norwood said a detention officer found what appeared to be drugs Thursday in the lobby of the Curry County jail. Records show the discovery was reported just before midnight. Norwood described it as a “medium amount” of an unknown substance. The substance is being tested and the sheriff has taken […]

Clovis woman charged with trying to smuggle drugs into jail

CNJ staff A 23-year-old Clovis woman accused of trying to smuggle drugs into the Curry County jail faces multiple felony charges. Jessica Barton is charged with possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, conspiracy to bring contraband into jail, possession of methamphetamine and paraphernalia. Undersheriff Wesley Waller said investigators learned Barton was involved in a […]

Woman accused of trying to smuggle drugs into jail

Freedom New Mexico A 19-year-old woman was arrested Monday after investigators said she tried to smuggle drugs into the jail. Marina Lopez is being held on $105,000 bond on charges of trafficking methamphetamine, conspiracy to traffic a controlled substance, attempting to furnish drugs to a prisoner and child abuse. Sunday, investigators with the Curry County […]

Police blotter — Sept. 10

CNJ staff Samplings of recent calls received by Clovis-area law enforcement officers, according to reports: Around 9 a.m. Aug. 26 an officer on duty at Marshall Middle School was informed of possible narcotics. An administrator told the officer he had information a male student was smoking marijuana and selling drugs on campus. The officer spoke […]

War on drugs has humiliating ramifications

Freedom New Mexico It is encouraging that the U.S. Supreme Court so strongly condemned Thursday the decision by officials in an Arizona school district to strip-search a 13-year-old girl because they suspected she might have some Ibuprofen pain reliever in her undergarments. The amazing thing is that even one justice (Clarence Thomas) dissented, and that […]

Two caught with stolen goods

Freedom New Mexico Portales Police said a man and a woman accused of stealing prescription drugs from CJ’s Pill Box Friday were caught literally holding the bag. Police Capt. Lonnie Berry said Taylor Watson, 24, whose last known address is 212 North Indio, and Jenna L. Bender, 19, of Clovis,

Banned drugs provide great medical benefit

Freedom New Mexico Baseball player Alex Rodriguez finally came clean Monday, admitting he took performance-enhancing drugs from 2001-2003 while he played with the Texas Rangers. The admission follows a Sports Illustrated report that Rodriguez was one of 104 players who tested positive for such drugs in a 2003 survey. It’s important to note that at […]

Police: Drugs found after fatal car chase

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ Staff Writer Police said cocaine and alcohol were found in a vehicle driven by a 25-year-old Portales man who was killed Sunday when he fled from police and crashed into a tree, according to a report released Wednesday. Miguel Gutierrez-Ornelas died at the scene. His passenger, 30-year-old Celio Salazar, is listed […]

Inmate charged in drug smuggling attempt

CNJ staff A Curry County inmate was charged Friday with conspiring to smuggle drugs into the jail, according to Undersheriff Wesley Waller. Sergio James, 31, orchestrated the delivery of the drugs for distribution within the facility, Waller said. James is still an inmate at the detention center. His bond was increased by $50,000, Waller said. […]

Clovis man gets 28 years in drug conviction

CNJ Staff A 35-year-old Clovis man was sentenced to 28 years imprisonment Monday for selling drugs, according to a press release from the district attorney’s office. The sentence stems from a May trial in which Raymond Gonzales was convicted on three counts of distribution of methamphetamine. According to the release: Gonzales was arrested in April […]

Woman arrested on drug charges

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer A 33-year-old Clovis woman was arrested Thursday on drug charges, police said. Officers with the Region 5 Drug Task Force served a search warrant about 4:45 p.m. at 1409 N. Lea St. Officers seized 3 grams of methamphetamine, 5 grams of marijuana and multiple prescription drugs, which had been […]

Nov. 27, 1972

Two shotguns, ammunition, several hundred dollars and psychiatric drugs were stolen from the sheriff’s office and the mental health office inside the Curry County Courthouse. … Frank Brann, vice president and general manager of the Boyswear division of Levi Strauss and Co., told a Chamber of Commerce Banquet crowd that construction would soon begin on […]