Drug task force makes significant cocaine bust

Freedom New Mexico 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 […]

Portales women face felony drug charges

Freedom New Mexico Two Portales women face felony drug charges after police say one of them tried running down an officer during a drug “Buy and Bust” operation. Both women were arrested Wednesday near 16th Lane and Avenue E. by officers from the Portales Police Department and Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Department, said Portales Deputy Chief […]

Drug awareness presentation scheduled

PNT staff report Patricia Rael from the New Mexico Attorney General’s Office is scheduled to give presentations today on methamphetamine to local junior high and high school students, teachers and parents. Rael’s presentation aims to explain and help youth make good decisions about methamphetamine, according to information from Portales Police Deputy Chief Lonnie Berry. Tips […]

Tourism dead at hands of cartels

By Glenda Price: FNM 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 […]

Sheriff’s office makes drug bust

Freedom New Mexico Three people face drug charges from an Oct. 30 search warrant served by Roosevelt County Sheriff’s deputies in the 600 block of South Roosevelt County Road S. Arrested were Jeffrey Gutierrez, 21, Andrea Gutierrez, 24, and Joshua Ortiz, 23. Jeffrey Gutierrez, was charged with possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia and […]

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 sentenced to 18 years on drug charges

Freedom New Mexico 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 […]

Raids yield drug charges

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 to a release […]

Portales woman faces multiple drug charges

Freedom New Mexico Irisema Hernandez, 26, was arrested Saturday and charged with possession of cocaine with intent to distribute, possession of methamphetamines with intent to distribute and possession of heroin, all felonies, and possession of drug paraphernalia, a misdemeanor, according to a Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Office news release. Hernandez was booked into the Roosevelt County […]

Portales man sought for drug charges

Freedom New Mexico The Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Office is searching for a man wanted on felony drug charges. Antonio Tarango III is charged with trafficking controlled substances, possession of marijuana with intent to distribute and possession of drug paraphernalia. Deputy Nathan Kinnison said while serving Tarango with an outstanding Curry County warrant Aug. 8, they […]

Two local residents jailed on drug charges

PNT staff Two Portales residents are jailed on felony drug charges after officers from several local law enforcement agencies executed a search warrant Friday and found suspected methamphetamines, crack cocaine and related drug paraphernalia, according to a release from the Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Department. Police said the search took place at 101 E. Nogal St., […]

Woman arrested on drug charge

Freedom New Mexico Roosevelt County sheriff’s deputies seized about a pound marijuana, drug paraphernalia and $500 from a Portales residence on Thursday, according to a press release from the sheriff’s office. A 24-year-old female was arrested leaving the residence on misdemeanor drug charge and for resisting arrest. A sheriff’s deputy used a Taser to immobilize […]

Portales man arrested on drug charges

Freedom New Mexico A Portales man was arrested by the Roosevelt County Sheriff Department on Thursday for drug trafficking. Victor Moreno, 30, was detained by the border patrol and later charged by the sheriff office for trafficking a controlled substance — cocaine, which is a second-degree felony, according to Chief Deputy Malin Parker. Police found […]

Editorial: Mexican drug cartels strong, growing force

This week marks the anniversary of one of the saddest events in the history of our nation’s war on drugs. Twenty years ago, University of Texas pre-med student Mark Kilroy disappeared during a spring break jaunt into Matamoros; his remains and those of others were found a month later in a horrific scene of pagan […]

Editorial: Head of drug council should bring change

President Obama is reported to have settled on Seattle Police Chief Gil Kerlikowske to head the Office of National Drug Control Policy, taking the position commonly referred to as “drug czar.” It would have been preferable to abolish the position and transfer the 100 or so employees the “czar” supervises to other departments or to […]

Long-lasting drug war needs new approach

Freedom New Mexico Americans are addicted to the drug war. Countless billions of taxpayers’ money, at all levels, has been lost in a futile effort to keep unapproved drugs off our streets. The effort has only raised illicit drugs’ value, and thus raised sellers’ profits — and the extremes to which they’ll go to rake […]

Clovis man arrested in connection to drug seizure

Freedom New Mexico A 21-year-old Clovis man was arrested Thursday in connection with a substantial drug seizure, Curry County Undersheriff Wesley Waller said. Brent Roaf is being held on $16,500 bond, jail officials said. Around 9 p.m. a deputy serving a subpoena at an apartment in the 2900 block of Main Street smelled burning marijuana […]

PJHS News Nov. 2

Red Ribbon Week observed at school Almost every student and all teachers have seen the devastation that illegal drug use has on students, and last week Counselor Matt Alvarado led activities to promote positive lifestyles for students. Students participated each day in different activities, and Friday they met in the gym for a presentation from […]

Escapee attempting to negotiate surrender

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico Jail escapee Michael England is trying to negotiate a surrender, but meanwhile, he may be hiding in the Clovis area disguised as a woman, according to law enforcement officials. District Attorney Matt Chandler said England contacted investigators this week via an attorney and said he would turn himself in […]