By Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers
Two Clovis residents have been arrested in connection with attempting to smuggle 30 pounds of marijuana into the city, according to police.
Officials have declined to identify the 24- and 34-year-olds arrested, citing an ongoing investigation.
Otero County Sheriff’s Department narcotics officers made the first arrest late Thursday at a border patrol checkpoint on U.S. 54, between Alamogordo and El Paso.
Police discovered the marijuana in the seat cushions of the back seat of a pickup truck, according to Agent Rick Ramsdale with the Narcotics Division of the Otero Sheriff’s Department.
Escorted by police, the suspect delivered the drugs to a residence in the 2400 block of Howard Cowper Street in Clovis, where a second suspect was arrested, according to Clovis police.
Police also seized $11,400 in cash at the Clovis residence.
“We’ve barely counted the money,” said Clovis police Capt. Ron Hutchison, field services supervisor. “We haven’t even gotten to all the charges yet. This is great, but this is a drop in the bucket.”
Clovis police Sgt. Jerry Whike, supervising officer for the bust, said it has been a while since they have had a seizure of this size.
“What was unique about this one was that it was one of the easiest (busts). It went like clockwork,” he said.
The marijuana bust is the third in the Clovis area since October involving 30 or more pounds.
A Clovis couple was arrested with 56 pounds of marijuana during a traffic stop near Texico in November by the Curry County Sheriff’s Department.
Clovis police found 54 pounds of marijuana in a suitcase in a Greyhound bus in October.