City approves meth law

By Tonya Garner: CNJ staff writer After three hours of debate, the City Commission passed a methamphetamine ordinance with a 6-2 vote at Thursday’s meeting. The ordinance was previously approved by the Portales City Commission, Roosevelt County Commission and Curry County Commission. Commissioners Randy Crowder and Isidro Garcia voted against the ordinance, which will restrict […]

County Commission passes meth law

By Tonya Garner: CNJ staff writer The Curry County Commission unanimously passed a meth ordinance Wednesday which will restrict the display and sale of cold and sinus medicine used in the production of methamphetamine. Ninth Judicial District Attorney Matt Chandler and a key member of the Region Five Drug Task Force told the commission meth […]

Meth ordinance up for vote

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer An attempt to crack down on methamphetamine production has begun with the passing of an ordinance limiting the sale of pseudophedrine-based cold and sinus products in Portales and Roosevelt County. Commissioners in Curry County and Clovis will vote on the ordinance proposed by 9th Judicial District Attorney Matt Chandler […]

8/21 Letters to the editor

Meth proposal for good of community The Clovis News Journal’s libertarian, anti-government viewpoint obviously takes precedent over what is best for our city. (Last Sunday’s editorial: “Proposed meth ordinance should not be approved.”) Methamphet-amine is a crisis in our area, as well as our nation. District Attorney Matt Chandler recently reported that 70 percent of […]

Proposed meth ordinance should not be approved

Freedom Newspapers Citizens beware: Our government is trying to save us from ourselves again. Clovis and Portales leaders, spurred by recommendations from the district attorney’s office, are considering ordinances restricting the purchase of cold and allergy medicines. Criminal prosecutor Matt Chandler wants powder and hard-pill form pseudoephedrine products placed behind store counters; he wants sales […]

Meth latest ‘most dangerous’ drug

By Steve Chapman: Syndicated Columnist “America’s Most Dangerous Drug,” blares the cover story in Newsweek. If you haven’t been paying attention, you might wonder what drug the magazine has in mind. Tobacco, which kills more than 400,000 people each year? Alcohol, which contributes to thousands of traffic fatalities? Crack, which spawned a wave of violent […]

Q&A: Domenici talks energy bill, save Cannon efforts

U.S. Sen. Pete Domenici (R-N.M.) has been at the forefront of the recent national energy bill and the local effort to save Cannon Air Force Base. Domenici took time Tuesday afternoon to talk about those issues and how a coffee shop dare eventually landed him in the Senate. Q: The energy bill was passed through […]

Project: Reader Reaction: Reader opinion split on meth ordinance

A recent Project: Reader Reaction question asked if Clovis city commissioners should approve an ordinance that will put some cold and allergy medicine behind counters and require buyers to provide a name, address and driver’s license prior to purchase in efforts to curb production of methamphetamine. Some responses: “This is one more case of privacy […]

Anti-meth bill advances in Senate

Staff and wire reports WASHINGTON — Sales of cold medicines used to make methamphetamine would be restricted under a bill that cleared the Senate Judiciary Committee Thursday after lawmakers forged a compromise protecting state prerogatives. The legislation would require stores to sell Sudafed, Nyquil and other medicines containing pseudoephedrine only from behind the pharmacy counter. […]

Task force clarifies meth ordinance

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Former Lt. Gov. Walter Bradley, right, voices concerns over a proposed ordinance involving the sale of pseudeophedrine-based drugs in the Clovis area during a meeting held Friday at City Hall to discuss the ordinance. By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer A task force charged with reviewing a proposed city methamphetamine ordinance on Friday hammered more […]

Privacy concerns prompt meth ordinance revision

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer A task force comprised of city officials and commissioners has revised some provisions of the 9th Judicial District Attorney’s new methamphetamine ordinance. A majority of Clovis’ city commissioners voted July 7 to introduce the ordinance that would require pseudeophedrine-based drugs be kept behind the counter at local stores and […]

7/20 Letters to the editor

Meth strategy for good of community We have the means to pre-empt the manufacture of methamphetamine. Those who would conspire to make it can get everything they need except pseudoephedrine. Why? Because we have the power to prevent it. (“Meth strategy questioned,” Sunday’s CNJ) Each time we write down our name and address to purchase […]

Detractors question effectiveness of meth strategy

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A new ordinance, voted for by the majority of Clovis’ City Commissioners, is designed to make it more difficult for local methamphetamine manufacturers to get a key ingredient for the drug. (Freedom Newspapers: Kevin Wilson) By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer Phyllis Roberts is worried she might be pegged as a meth producer. Some of […]

Task force tackles city’s proposed meth ordinance

By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer A proposed city ordinance that would put cold medicines and other drugs with pseudoephedrine behind the counter at local stores is being inspected and amended by a task force. The point of the ordinance, according to the district attorney, is to make it more difficult for methamphetamine manufacturers to […]

Meth program gets state attention

By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer While prosecuting a methamphetamine manufacturer in 2002, District Attorney Matthew Chandler heard the words that inspired him to attack the drug head-on. After the Albuquerque man was convicted for manufacturing methamphetamine in a Clovis hotel, the judge asked him why he’d set up shop in Clovis. His response, according […]

Police step up meth arrests

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers PORTALES — Local law-enforcement officials have stepped up efforts to arrest producers and distributors of methamphetamine, issuing seven search warrants and making 12 arrests in the last 10 days. However, there still is a feeling the arrests are just the tip of the iceberg. “I do not expect this to […]

Police, retailers partner to crack down on drugs

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Detective Roman Romero of the Region 5 Drug Task Force arranges methamphetamine ingredients from a “Box Lab” on Thursday at the Curry County Courthouse. (CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Ryan Lengerich: CNJ staff writer District Attorney Matt Chandler has teamed up with law enforcement officials and area retailers to curb sales of products commonly […]

DA battles meth

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Agents from the Region V Drug Task Force and narcotics officers from the New Mexico State Police catalog chemicals found when agents stopped a mobile methamphetamine laboratory in October 2002. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer Yellow space suits, high-powered rifles and your parents screaming as some stranger drags them away. […]

DA hopefuls share views

Question and Answer Incumbent Brett Carter and challenger Matt Chandler are both Republicans seeking the 9th judicial district attorney position in the June 1 primary. Q: During the last 17 months, almost as many people have died by homicide than in the previous five years combined in Curry County. What do you make of the […]

Police find mobile meth lab

CNJ STAFF REPORT Clovis police shut down a gas station for more than five hours Saturday afternoon and closed off Seventh Street for about 2 1/2 hours following discovery of a methamphetamine lab in a parked car. According to Lt. Patrick Whitney, the proximity of the mobile meth lab to the gas pumps gave police […]