Air Force drug testing expanded

By Airman 1st Class Alexxis Pons Abascal: 27th SOW Public Affairs The Air Force announced that they, along with the other military branches, will expand drug testing to include screening for commonly-abused prescription medications. Testing will begin in May at Cannon Air Force Base. The Secretary of Defense gave 90 days advance notice of the […]

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 […]

Press release: Seven people face felony charges after drug bust in Clovis

During the course of the last three days, Agents assigned to the Region V Drug Task Force have arrested seven individuals and seized $3,000 of cocaine, $5000 in cash currency, a custom motorcycle, a semi-automatic firearm, marijuana and methamphetamine.

Three arrested in drug bust

CMI Staff A Clovis man and two Arizona residents were arrested Tuesday afternoon after police discovered 11 ounces of cocaine during a raid of a residence in the Wheatridge Estates in southwest Clovis, according to a Region V Drug Force spokesman. Joel Jimenez, 37, of Clovis, Luis Fierro Sr., 40, and Luis Fierro Jr., 20, […]

A snitch’s story

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Stephenson Robin Fornoff Zach Stephenson said he agreed to be a snitch because he thought he had a deal: Turn in drug dealers, lose the trafficking charges he faced after being set up by another police drug snitch. So he signed a contract with New Mexico State Police and was given a code name — […]

Four arrested on drug charges

CNJ staff Four Clovis females are being charged with drug crimes after the Region 5 Drug Task Force served a search warrant Friday at a residence on the 400 block of Dawn Loop, according to Curry County Undersheriff Wesley Waller. According to Waller and staff at the Curry County Adult Detention Center: • Charlotte Pace, […]

Two face felony drug charges

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CNJ staff photo: Benna Sayyed Sgt. Mike Reeves, supervisor of the Region 5 Drug Task Force, far left, Brent Aguilar of the Clovis Police Department, middle left, and Captain Ron Hutchison of the Clovis Police Department, middle right, arrest Benjamin Selgado on Wednesday. Selgado is being charged with trafficking methamphetamine, possession of marijuana, felony possession […]

Clovis man sentenced on drug charges

CNJ staff A Clovis man was sentenced to nine years in prison Thursday on felony drug charges. Melvin Payton, 31, was found guilty of possession of crack cocaine with intent to distribute, a second-degree felony. Payton was arrested Feb. 4 on the possession charges. According to a release from the district attorney’s office, Payton had […]

Man arrested on drug charges

Freedom New Mexico A 25-year-old man was arrested Sunday after Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Office deputies found 12 pounds of marijuana in his house while answering a complaint of a vicious dog in the area of Simnacher Road. Tyler Davis, the owner of the dog, admitted to smoking marijuana in the residence and agreed to allow […]

Sending troops not best way to end violence

Freedom New Mexico Texas Gov. Rick Perry got a few tongues wagging recently when he said that if he were president, he would consider sending U.S. troops into Mexico to battle drug cartels. Stumping in Manchester, N.H., for the Republican presidential nomination, Perry said Mexico’s drug war was like the situation in Colombia, where the […]

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, […]

DEA shouldn’t offer medical opinions

Freedom New Mexico Once again, government servants have told Americans that marijuana ranks right up there with heroin. The Drug Enforcement Agency ruled on July 8 that marijuana has “no accepted medical use” and will continue as a schedule 1 drug — the most forbidden category. The DEA is a law enforcement bureaucracy. The medical […]

Dallas man being held on drug charges

CNJ staff A 20-year-old Dallas man is being held at the Curry County jail on drug charges after local drug agents say they saw him throw a bag of methamphetamines into a Clovis street near a yard where children were playing. Angel Lechuga is being held on a more than $63,000 bond on charges of […]

Cuts in gifted education hurt kids’ potential

Aisha Sultan “How can we measure the sonata unwritten, the curative drug undiscovered, the absence of political insight? They are the difference between what we are, and where we could be as a society.” — James Gallagher, former director of the FPG Child Development Institute at UNC-Chapel Hill. There is a well-tolerated discrimination in our […]

Five facing theft, drug charges

Freedom New Mexico Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Office deputies arrested five people for theft and another on drug charges within seven days, according to a news release from the office. Chief Deputy Malin Parker said authorities believe all six people were attempting to get money for drugs. According to the release and Parker: • Ty Wheeler, […]

Portales doctor acquitted on one drug charge; guilty on another

Staff and wire reports A federal jury in Albuquerque this week acquitted a Portales physician of illegally dispensing methadone to a man who died of a drug overdose in 2008. Arnold Sotello, 36, was found dead in an Amarillo motel Sept. 22, 2008. But the jury convicted Dr. Patricia J. Green on a second charge […]

AFSOC: Use Spice, may lose career

Air Force Special Operations Command Public Affairs The Air Force began drug testing airmen on Feb. 22 to determine whether they are using Spice — the street term for a range of designer synthetic-cannabinoid products. The Hurlburt Field and Cannon Air Force Base Drug Demand Reduction offices are in full compliance with the Air Force […]

Five arrested on drug charges

Freedom New Mexico Agents from the Curry County Sheriff’s Office, Clovis Police Department and Portales Police Department officers assigned to the Region V Drug Task Force, have reported five felony arrests from investigations that concluded this week. According to a release from the Curry County Sheriff’s Office: • Israel Reyna Jr., 45, and Christopher Reyna, […]

Clovis man arrested for drug possession

Freedom New Mexico A 24-year-old Clovis man was arrested Friday after investigators found 83 individual packages of marijuana in his home. Mark Anthony Pineda is charged with distribution of marijuana, child abuse and possession of drug paraphernalia and is being held in lieu of $16,000 bond, according to a press release from the Curry County […]

Fat fix isn’t government’s responsibility

Freedom New Mexico In case the drug war wasn’t enough government boondoggle, we have a new war on food abuse. Despite the portion of Americans who work hard to stay fit, an estimated 129.6 million Americans, or 64 percent, are fat. The fat war started about 10 years ago, when government nutritionists stopped issuing reports […]