Three arrested in meth bust

Freedom New Mexico

PORTALES — Three people were arrested Sunday and charged with drug trafficking after Portales police received a report of a possible break-in in progress, according to a department press release.

Ashley Lemier, 26, of Portales, Stephen Stites, 28, of Roswell and Diego Montes, 28, of Roswell were charged with trafficking a controlled substance.

Using a search warrant, officers seized 31.3 grams methamphetamine from a residence at 1002 W. 18th St., according to the release.

Officers also seized suspected drug paraphernalia, including a spray can with a false bottom, syringes and a digital scale, and $1,336 in cash, according to the release.

PPD Capt. Lonnie Berry said methamphetamine sells for $60-80 per gram on the street.

According to the news release, officers responded to the residence around 9:30 a.m. Sunday when they received a report of a possible break-in in progress.

“One of the neighbors saw someone climbing in a window and they reported it as a B&E,” Berry said.

When officers arrived they were met by a female who told them it was her sister’s residence. She said no one else was inside, according to the release.

However, officers noticed someone close a window in the residence. Officers entered the residence and found two males and a female hiding inside.

Officers also noticed several items of possible drug paraphernalia as well as a white powdery substance they suspected to be narcotics, according to the release.

Lemier, Stites and Montes are being held at Roosevelt County Detention Center on bonds of $5,500 each, according to the release.

A fourth person at the residence was arrested on a municipal warrant for failure to pay fines, according to the release.