Druggist became pillar of community

By Don McAlavy: Freedom columnist W. H. Duckworth, owner of the Duckworth Drug Company came to New Mexico in the year, 1908 headquartering out of the city while traveling his territory. In 1910 he became manager of the Southwestern Drug Store and remained in that capacity until 1922. Duckworth served his state as lieutenant governor […]

Three Muleshoe residents arrested in drug bust

CNJ staff Three Muleshoe residents were arrested during a joint drug task force operation conducted by area law enforcement. Josh Hernandez, 26, Felicia Nieto, 23, and Christian Olivares, 45, were arrested Friday, charged with possession with intent to deliver cocaine and methamphetamine and with possession of marijuana. They are in the custody of Texas authorities, […]

Portales residents face drug charges

CNJ staff Two Portales residents are facing felony drug charges. Tuesday, Daisy Ornelas, 23, was arrested and charged with trafficking cocaine, a second-degree felony, after officers from the Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Office, Portales Police Department and Curry County Sheriff’s Office executed a search warrant in the 1400 block of South Avenue E, according to a […]

Man, pregnant woman arrested for drug trafficking

CNJ staff A pregnant woman and a 21-year-old man were arrested Tuesday for trafficking cocaine. Mariella Ceballos, 25, and Jake Linares, both of Muleshoe, are being held at the Curry County Detention Center on $35,000 bond each. Agents with the Region V Drug Task Force their vehicle on U.S. 60/70/84 after an investigation indicated they […]

Detention officer, wife facing felony drug charges

By Clarence Plank: Freedom New Mexico PORTALES, N.M. (AP) — Roosevelt County Sheriff Darren Hooker says a county detention center officer was fired Friday after being accused of stealing prescription drugs from the jail to sell on the street. Hooker said Larry Martinez, 36, and his wife, Jesseka Martinez, 35, are facing assorted felony drug […]

Drug task force intercepts $14,000 worth of drugs

The Region V Drug Task Force has intercepted what investigators call a significant amount of cocaine being transported to Clovis Monday. Jorge Sanchez, 31, and Felipe De Jesus Gandara, 31, are being held without bond on an immigration hold, charged with trafficking cocaine and conspiracy to traffic cocaine, according to Curry County Undersheriff Wesley Waller. […]

Man sentenced for drug smuggling

CNJ staff A 35-year-old Clovis man was sentenced to four years in prison for having a woman sneak drugs into the jail. Paul Apodaca was convicted Friday of conspiracy to traffic narcotics into the Curry County Adult Detention Center, according to a press release from the district attorney’s office. In October 2008, a detention officer […]

Press release: Man sentenced for drug smuggling at jail

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Tourism dead at hands of cartels

By Glenda Price: CNJ columnist Forty-five years ago it was perfectly fine for young people to cross the border into Mexico in search of fun. In those days the drug cartels’ bloody fights were not a factor. In Juarez we could have our feet measured and order Western riding boots much cheaper than at home. […]

Consumers keeping drug costs in check

Freedom New Mexico It’s becoming rare to sit through an entire television program without seeing at least one commercial advertisement that’s trying to convince you to get a prescription for some new medicine. The Associated Press reports that drug companies last year spent more than $4 billion on such advertising. The Centers for Disease Control […]

Burrito lady feeding my addiction

By Karl Terry: CNJ columnist Where the heck is that burrito lady anyway? Not at all unlike a den of drug addicts without a fix, the withdrawal symptoms are becoming problematic around the office where I work. Folks aren’t hooked on illicit substances though, just hot burritos, which we normally get delivered to our driveway […]

Drug trafficking suspects believed connected to Mexican drug cartels

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Camilo Sport Staff and wire reports Two men arrested Wednesday in Tucumcari on federal drug trafficking charges are believed to be connected to Mexican drug cartels, according to New Mexico State Police. Based on a tip from federal authorities, state police located Camilo Sport and Asunsio Martinez at an undisclosed location in Tucumcari just before […]

Two arrested on federal drug charges

CNJ staff Two men arrested Wednesday in Tucumcari on federal drug trafficking charges are believed to be connected to Mexican drug cartels, according to New Mexico State Police. Based on a tip from federal authorities, state police located Camilo Sport and Asunsio Martinez at an undisclosed location in Tucumcari just before 9 a.m. Wednesday morning, […]

Discrepancies in drug laws magnify race

Freedom New Mexico Now that the Senate’s second-ranking Democrat has introduced a bill to end the unjustified and counterproductive 100-1 sentencing disparity between crack cocaine and powder cocaine, there’s a pretty good chance this 23-year mistake finally will be ended. Majority Whip Richard Durbin introduced his bill Thursday. Since a similar bill has already passed […]

Clovis man arrested again on drug charges

CNJ staff A 34-year-old Clovis man already on federal parole for dealing drugs was arrested by the Region V Drug Task Force on Wednesday after investigators say he arranged to buy more than a half pound of cocaine. Scott Foster was charged with criminal solicitation to commit felony drug trafficking and attempted felony drug trafficking. […]

Clovis man facing 18 years on drug charges

CNJ staff A Clovis man is facing 18 years in prison on drug dealing charges. James Sneed Jr., 43, of Clovis was found guilty Thursday by a Curry County jury of one count of trafficking cocaine and one count of marijuana possession. The charges stem from a search warrant served last March. According to a […]

Press Release: Clovis man faces 18 years in prison for drug trafficking conviction

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James Sneed Clovis, NM – Ninth Judicial District Attorney Matthew Chandler announced that James Sneed Jr., age 43, of Clovis was found guilty by a Curry County jury of one count of Trafficking Cocaine, a second degree felony, and one count of Possession of Marijuana, misdemeanor. Sneed now faces a sentence of up to 18 […]

Raids yield drug charges

Freedom New Mexico Three Roosevelt County residents face felony drug charges from two recent raids in Portales by city police, the Roosevelt County Sheriff and the Region 5 Drug Task Force. Tamara Davis, 28, of Portales, was arrested Thursday, accused of distributing marijuana from her home in the 500 block of E. 1st Street, according […]

Sheriff, Portales Police bust drug house

(Roosevelt County, NM) – On Thursday September 24, 2009, Deputies with the Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Office and Officers with the Portales Police Department conducted a Narcotics search warrant in the 500 block of East 1st Street. Prior to the search warrant the Region 5 Drug Task Force received information concerning the distribution of marijuana at […]

Clovis man sentenced for drug trafficking

CNJ staff A Clovis man has been sentenced to nine years imprisonment for drug trafficking, according to a press release from the Ninth Judicial District Attorney’s office. Larry Viera, 40, was convicted by a jury on two counts of possession with intent to distribute an illegal narcotic. Judge Stephen Quinn sentenced him immediately following the […]