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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Commission votes to regulate sale of some cold medicines

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer The camera documented the woman’s struggle with methamphetamine addiction. She was 31, youthful and bright-eyed when she was first photographed by police. By the age of 41, she had aged unrecognizably: Her skin creased with wrinkles, her hair thin, her mouth sunken in, her eyes devoid of light. Ninth […]

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. […]

New district attorney promotes aggressive programs

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Ninth Judicial District Attorney Matt Chandler is sworn in by Judge Joe Parker on Monday at the Curry County Courthouse. (Staff photo: Rick White) By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer New District Attorney Matt Chandler didn’t waste any time laying out his plans as the chief prosecutor in the 9th Judicial District on Monday after […]

Police blotter: Oct. 31,2004

Samplings of recent calls received by Clovis-area law enforcement officers, according to reports: Police were dispatched Oct. 18 to a local school where there was a report of an assault. The victim said she had been provoked by another female student who called her obscenities and generally harassed her. The victim said she would not […]

10/22/04 Police Blotter

by David Irvin Samplings of recent calls received by Clovis-area law enforcement officers, according to reports: Police responded Oct. 13 to a local emergency room where doctors had advised a patient was acting extremely agitated. The doctor believed the man was on methamphetamine and alcohol. The male patient was released, at which point the officer […]

Police Blotter 4/18

A resident of the 300 block of Merriwether called police about 6 p.m. on April 5 to report that his vehicle had been vandalized. The resident said an induction hood and air breather had been taken from his 1969 Chevy El Camino. He told officers that a person had been seen “messing with” his vehicle […]

Cops and Courts: Two arrested on drug charges

Darrell Todd Maurina The Region V Drug Task Force arrested two people accused of drug trafficking last weekend, Sgt. Jay Longley said. The Clovis Police Department called task force officers to La Quinta Inn on Feb. 20 and arrested Terrance Jones, 21, on a charge of possession with intent to traffic a controlled substance. Jones […]

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 […]

Cops bust duo

By Darrell Todd Maurina It won’t shut down the flow of methamphetamine to Clovis, but police say a Monday evening drug bust at a Clovis truck stop will put a significant dent in the availability of meth on Clovis streets. Shane Burton, 30, and Russell Lasner, 26, both of Clovis, are in the Curry County […]

Two arrested in meth lab bust

CNJ Staff Following discovery of a possible clandestine methamphetamine lab, narcotics agents arrested two Albuquerque residents Wednesday afternoon at a Clovis hotel, according to state police. Mike Rodriguez, 29, and Shawna Brenn, 20, were arrested in a hotel room by the New Mexico State Police and Region V Drug Task Force. Agents found seven gallons […]