March 19, 2009 Legislative tidbits

Days remaining in session: two Media literacy: Under a bill approved by both the House and Senate, public schools could offer media literacy as an elective class. The measure (HB342) calls for the electives to be offered to 6th through 12th graders starting in the 2010-2011 school year. Rep. Antonio “Moe” Maestas, D-Albuquerque, is carrying […]

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 […]

Meth labs seized

Freedom New Mexico Law enforcement officials seized ingredients and equipment used to manufacture methamphetamine Sunday at two Roosevelt County locations in Roosevelt County, according to a press release from the Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Office. Roosevelt County Sheriff Darren Hooker said two suspects in the case were arrested on outstanding warrants. He said investigators are pursuing […]

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 […]

Narcotics operation nets six arrests

CNJ staff Local law enforcement arrested six Clovis residents following a narcotics operation that began Tuesday night, according to District Attorney Matt Chandler. Officers seized approximately five pounds of marijuana, less than one ounce of methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia, Chandler said. The seized methamphetamine has a street value of around $500 and the marijuana is […]

Meth lab discovered in empty Melrose house

CNJ staff Area law enforcement discovered a methamphetamine lab in the late stages of construction Thursday while serving a search warrant at a Melrose house, according to Curry County Undersheriff Wesley Waller. Waller said the house, located at 623 Third Street, was not occupied at the time the warrant was served. Arrest warrants are anticipated […]

Police arrest Portales men on drug-related charges

By Freedom Newspapers Portales police made two drug-related arrests Thursday with the help of a police informant, according to a Portales Police Department news release. Chris Roybal, 20, of Portales attempted to sell 3.2 grams of methamphetamine for $225, police said. He is charged with possession of methamphetamine with the intent to traffic. Freddie Dominguez, […]

Police handle large fry order

CNJ Staff A tractor-trailer accident early Friday morning near St. Vrain resulted in the drug-related arrest of a Salt Lake City man, according to state police. Around 4 a.m. a tractor-trailer carrying frozen french fries traveling east on Highway 60/84 overturned and caught fire, state police officer Lance Bateman said. The driver, Hank Breitenbugher, 41, […]

State rep chosen for meth task force

CNJ Staff State representative Anna Crook of Clovis has been selected to serve on a methamphetamine task force of women elected officials, according to a National Foundation for Women Legislators press release. The task force is working to find solutions to address the growing epidemic of methamphetamine use nationwide, the release said. A member of […]

Man receives sentence for assault

CNJ Staff A 33-year-old man was sentenced Friday to 12 1/2 years in prison for drug possession and assaulting a police officer, according to a press release from the 9th Judicial District Attorney’s office. David Lopez was found guilty by a jury in May of possession of methamphetamine, assault on a police officer, resisting arrest […]

5/9 Local roundup

Clovis man sentenced on meth charges A Clovis 46-year-old man was sentenced Thursday to nine years in prison on methamphetamine and firearm charges, according to a news release from the 9th Judicial District Attorney’s office. Michael Rury was arrested three times between April 2004 and January and charged with possession of methamphetamine. Rury was also […]

Attempted escape fails

CNJ staff A 16-year-old male suspect slipped out of his handcuffs and escaped from a police car Saturday afternoon in the parking lot of the Curry County Juvenile Detention Center, running four to five blocks before he was apprehended, said Clovis Police Public Information Officer Lt. James Schoeffel. Officials found a small amount of methamphetamine […]

Officials putting water on agenda

By Andy Jackson: CNJ staff writer Record gas and oil revenues left the state with a bloated budget and some area officials agree this is the year to fund a solution to New Mexico’s water woes. Portales Mayor Orlando Ortega visited the state capitol Saturday and lobbied for a permanent water trust fund, alongside other […]

Bills address drug problem

By Andy Jackson: CNJ staff writer Local legislators are adamant about two bills they wrote that will hit the Roundhouse in upcoming weeks — separate yet connected propositions for mandatory drug sentencing and rehabilitation initiatives. Sen. Clint Harden, R-Clovis, said he’s introducing a bill that would impose mandatory methamphetamine sentencing, to “get cooks out of […]

12/20 Local Roundup

Salvation Army short of goal for needy Eastern New Mexico’s branch of the Salvation Army is “only halfway” to meeting the needs of area families, Capt. Tammy Ray said on Monday. The Christian-based organization has angel trees set up at local stores to give residents the opportunity to purchase gifts for a specific child. “We […]

Raids yield guns, cash

By Andy Jackson: CNJ staff writer A year-long federal drug investigation that resulted in 14 arrests earlier this month produced an undisclosed amount of cash, but only a small amount of illegal drugs, court records show. Officials said the lack of drugs seized will have no impact on the prosecution of the case, which they’ve […]

Affidavit details alleged drug ring

Andy Jackson: CNJ Staff Writer * Feds say California man supplied Clovis group with large quantities of meth. Methamphetamine stuffed in the body of a baby doll and mailed from Los Angeles to Clovis is just one piece of evidence officials gathered in the state’s case against 15 suspected drug traffickers from Clovis, Lubbock and […]

Detention hearings scheduled Monday for seven arrested

By Andy Jackson: Freedom Newspapers Seven defendants arrested Thursday morning on charges of trafficking methamphetamine in Clovis will have detention hearings Monday, according to the federal prosecutor handling the case. The hearings are scheduled for 9:30 a.m. in federal court in Albuquerque, according to Assistant U.S. Attorney Sharon Kimball. The state will argue the individuals […]

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 […]

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 […]