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 gets 28 years in drug conviction

CNJ Staff A 35-year-old Clovis man was sentenced to 28 years imprisonment Monday for selling drugs, according to a press release from the district attorney’s office. The sentence stems from a May trial in which Raymond Gonzales was convicted on three counts of distribution of methamphetamine. According to the release: Gonzales was arrested in April […]

Suspect in Portales man’s death had a history of mental competency issues

Sharna Johnson A Portales man charged this week with murder has a history of mental competency issues, court records show. Isaac Montano II had been jailed since 2007 on drug and alcohol charges. He was released June 25 on bond reduced by District Judge Teddy Hartley while defense attorneys argued he was legally incompetent to […]

More than 100 pot plants found in Clovis backyard

The Associated Press A search for a man wanted on drug charges resulted in an arrest and the discovery of more than 100 marijuana plants growing in the backyard of home in this eastern New Mexico city. The Curry County Sheriff’s Office said investigators had received a tip that Jarrod Martin, 25, was staying at […]

Escapee arrested

CNJ staff A Clovis man who failed to return from a medical furlough from jail earlier this week was captured late Thursday night, according to the district attorney. Jonathon Shane May, 32, was arrested without incident about 11 p.m. on Dawn Loop, District Attorney Matt Chandler said. A warrant was issued for May on Wednesday […]

Clovis man receive prison sentence for drug trafficking

CNJ staff A 26-year-old Clovis man convicted of drug trafficking Tuesday was sentenced to 10 years imprisonment, according to a press release from the district attorney’’s office. Daniel Harrison will be required to serve five years supervised probation following his release. The conviction encompassed two incidents. In February 2006, officers found approximately 50 rocks of […]

Clovis man gets 9 years for drug sales

Clovis, NM – Matthew Chandler, Ninth Judicial District Attorney, announced today that Raymond Gonzales, age 34, was sentenced to prison for nine (9) years in the New Mexico Department of Corrections.

Drug bust only highlights need for better tactics

Freedom New Mexico In the wake of mass arrests at San Diego State University recently, one fraternity member was quoted in the Los Angeles Times as saying, “This looks bad for the whole Greek system.” Adam Klein was referring to the fact that many of the arrested students were members of fraternities. Actually, who this […]

Drug war’s body count still rising

Freedom New Mexico The news that at least 15 people were killed in an early morning gunbattle in Tijuana, making it one of that border city’s bloodiest days for violent crime, was shocking enough. The shootings are still mildly mysterious in that Tijuana authorities still haven’t said much. But it appears that two factions of […]

Drug war efforts should be re-evaluated

Freedom New Mexico Anyone who has seen the 1936 anti-drug movie “Tell Your Children,” more commonly known as “Reefer Madness,” knows the ridiculous levels the powers that be will go in their attempts to keep Americans from using a product that harms no one but themselves. The movie follows the destructive paths of several young […]

Police believe shooting death drug-related

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Police believe the shooting death of a secondhand store owner in January 2007 was drug-related, according to an arrest affidavit unsealed Monday in Curry County Magistrate Court.

Congress strikes out on Clemens

Freedom New Mexico Did Roger Clemens use steroids or human-growth hormone? We don’t know and won’t speculate. But after watching the four-hour, three-ring circus put on by the U.S. House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, we’re beginning to develop more pressing concerns. Among them: • Why is a government reform and oversight committee focused […]

Drug court offers incarceration alternative

By Eric Butler: CNJ Correspondent Lawrence Baker knew he needed help to kick his drug habit. He found the structure and incentive he needed through the 9th Judicial Drug Court program. “I had tried to quit on my own before, through N.A. (Narcotics Anonymous),” Baker said. “But the steady regimen of (Drug Court) is what […]

Second detention center officer arrested

By Rick White: CNJ Managing Editor A shift supervisor at the Curry County Adult Detention Center was arrested Saturday after agreeing to smuggle drugs into the jail, according to a press release from the Curry County Sheriff’s Office. Roberto Domanski, 29, was charged with four felonies, including trafficking cocaine, according to the release. Domanski, who […]

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 […]

Expert can identify drug use without taking blood

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson Curry County Sheriff’s Deputy Bill Wanzor takes a suspect’s vital signs several times during an evaluation to determine what substance is impairing their ability to drive. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Without ever drawing a drop of blood, Curry County Sheriff’s Deputy Bill Wanzor says he can pinpoint the […]

Drug store owner helped develop Clovis

By Don McAlavy: Local columnist George H. Sasser, a native of Alabama, came to New Mexico in 1915 and joined the staff of the drugstores at Artesia, Carlsbad, Hagerman, and Roswell. He came to Clovis in 1922 where he organized the Fox Drug Companies, probably the largest drugstore in the State of New Mexico. Sasser […]

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 […]

Man faces drug charges in Roosevelt County

Freedom New Mexico Officers with the Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Office and the Region V Drug Task Force arrested a 30-year-old man Monday on drug-trafficking charges, according to a RCSO news release. Genaro Solis-Cordoba, 30, of Mexico was arrested after officers found cocaine, a handgun and cash while searching a vehicle and a Roosevelt County residence. […]

Clovis woman given six years for drug charges

CNJ staff Sylvia Martinez, 38, of Clovis was sentenced to six years in prison Tuesday after pleading guilty to drug charges. Martinez will also receive supervised probation and parole for five years for trafficking by possession with intent to distribute cocaine, according to a release from the 9th Judicial District Attorney’s office. The charges stem […]