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. […]

Pair sentenced for meth trafficking

CNJ staff A 38-year-old man will serve three years in prison and a 38-year old woman five for trafficking methamphetamines in Clovis. James Metzger and Anna Goodwin pleaded guilty Jan. 26, to trafficking meth, accepting partially suspended sentences in exchange for their pleas, court records show. The pair was arrested in June 2008. Each will […]

Drug task force arrest nine in meth busts

CNJ Staff The Region V Drug Task Force and local law enforcement arrested nine people and seized 17 grams of methamphetamine in connection with two separate drug busts last week. Thursday, agents serving a narcotics search warrant at 403 East 14th Street found 10 grams of meth, marijuana, drug paraphernalia and stolen electronic equipment in […]

Arrest made in connection with meth bust

CNJ staff One Clovis man is under arrest and a warrant has been issued for another in connection with a methamphetamine lab discovered at a city hotel by police earlier this week. Christopher “Jason” Kidd, 31, is being held at the Curry County Adult Detention Center on $33,500 bond, jail officials said. He is charged […]

Police bust meth lab

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CNJ staff photo: Gabriel Monte State police agents in hazmat suits examine and catalogue items stored in a backpack seized Monday from a Choice Inn Motel room. Police said the room was allegedly used as a meth lab. CNJ staff Clovis police shut down a meth lab at a Clovis hotel Monday night, according to […]

Clovis man sentenced to nine years for selling meth

CNJ staff A Clovis man was sentenced Thursday to 9 years imprisonment for selling methamphetamines, according to a press release from the district attorney’s office. Raymond Gonzales, 34, sold methamphetamines during an investigation by Cannon Air Force Base’s Office of Special Investigation, the release said. In April 2006, according to the release, a source working […]

Charges filed in meth lab case

Freedom New Mexico Charges of manufacturing a controlled substance were filed in magistrate court on Wednesday against three subjects arrested in connection with seized meth labs in Portales. Manufacturing charges were filed against Cody Banister, 27, Brandy Rury, 24 and Troy Thompson, 29. “The investigation is still ongoing and there could be additional arrests and […]

Local meth labs seized 5/8/08

CNJ Staff The Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Office seized three methamphetamine labs Sunday and arrested three people in the process, according to a news release. The Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Office received an anonymous tip Sunday about an active meth lab at 137 Mesilla Park, according to the release. All the major components of a meth manufacturing […]

Jury convicts on meth sales

Freedom New Mexico A jury found a 34-yearold Clovis man guilty Friday of selling methamphetamine to undercover narcotic agents from Cannon Air Force Base, according to a press release from the District Attorney’s office. Raymond Miguel Gonzales was found guilty on three counts of seconddegree distribution of methamphetamine. It was the defendant’s second conviction of […]

Meth addiction everyone’s problem

By Helena Rodriguez: Freedom Newspapers A popular piece of advice for writers is to write about what you know. But writing about what you know can be extremely painful when you’ve been affected by the destructive demon of methamphetamine. Crank. Ice. Chalk. Tweek. Nose candy. There are many ways to label this man-made drug, but […]

Documenting destruction

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Freedom Newspapers: Helena Rodriguez Paul Hunton of Portales works on footage on his computer he is compiling for a documentary, “Cranked Out Clowns.” By Helena Rodriguez: Freedom Newspapers Editor’s note: This is the third in a three-part series dealing with the effects of methamphetamine addiction and its growing impact on local communities. Paul Hunton wants […]

Mother uses “Sad Story” in attempt to curb meth

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Freedom Newspapers: Helena Rodriguez Sheila Savitz, left, visits the grave of her son, Rob, in Portales Cemetery with her daughter, Amanda Ziegler. A copy of Rob’s last letter, “My Sad Story,” is embedded in the gravestone for all to read. The letter is as a warning to would-be meth users. By Helena Rodriguez: Freedom Newspapers […]

Small towns, big problem

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Staff ilustration: Sharna Johnson Portales’ police captain says calls are pouring in from people worried about loved ones addicted to methamphetamine. By Helena Rodriguez: CNJ staff writer Editor’s note: This is the first in a three-part series dealing with the growing problem and unique challenges posed by addiction to the manmade chemical of methamphetamine. Meth, […]

Life of a bill

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How a bill is created, and the process it undertakes to become law (Freedom Newspapers Illustration: Ryn Gargulinski) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Eleven days remained Thursday until the onset of the 48th legislative session. The sun had set, night was near; but calm eluded Rep. Anna Crook. “My stomach is churning,” said Crook, […]

Local Roundup: Police bust two meth labs

By CNJ staff Police shut down two methamphetamine labs last week and made one arrest, according to a press release from Clovis Police. Searches conducted by agents from the Region V Drug Task Force on two Clovis homes revealed items used in manufacturing methamphetamine, the release said. John King, 39, of 1309 North Lea St., […]

Letters to the Editor 7 / 16

Regarding the July 7 CNJ article about the task force wanting to “spruce up” Clovis for the Special Operations personnel and their families who are coming from Florida: What about the Cannon Air Force Base personnel and their families already here? I know when I arrived here a year and half ago from Travis AFB […]

Officials say meth arrests declining

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Behind marijuana, methamphetamine remains the second drug of choice for users in Clovis and Curry County, according to officials. And the destructive nature of the drug poses a community concern because it feeds crime rates and causes health and family deterioration, they say. Although meth production is down, meth-related […]

Portales Police making more cocaine arrests

By Tony Parra: Freedom Newspapers PORTALES — The number of cocaine-related arrests is on the rise, according to Portales Police officials. Portales Police Capt. Lonnie Berry gave some examples: n A recent drug bust near the city park uncovered 50 to 54 baggies of prepackaged cocaine. n A search warrant executed May 27 netted several […]

Clovis man arrested when discovered with meth lab

CNJ staff A 51-year-old Clovis man was arrested Friday after a citizen smelled a chemical odor coming from an apartment at the Zia Motel on Prince Street and called police, according to Sheriff Roger Hatcher. The meth lab consisted of all the components needed to manufacture meth and approximately two grams of completed product, Hatcher […]

Portales law enforcement looking at creative methods in meth fight

By Karl Terry: Freedom Newspapers PORTALES — Methamphetamine is described by law enforcement as the biggest social crisis today in America. Thursday at the Portales Chamber of Commerce’s quarterly luncheon, attendees learned more about the problem and a few easy ways to deter it in the community. Capt. Lonnie Berry of the Portales Police Department […]