Officer pleads guilty to bringing drugs to jail

Freedom Newspapers A former detention officer at the Curry County Adult Detention Center pleaded guilty this week to bringing drugs into the jail, according to a press release from the 9th Judicial District Attorney’s office. Following a 60-day diagnostic evaluation, 30-year-old Damain Pardue will be sentenced. He faces a maximum of 18 months imprisonment, the […]

Fuller gets 127 years

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By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor As Jerry Wayne Fuller was escorted by deputies from the Roosevelt County district courtroom Wednesday to begin a 127-year double murder sentence, he left with a new Bible clutched in his shackled hands and with the forgiveness of at least some of the victims’ family. After hearing victim impact […]

Traffic stop leads to drug bust

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers A Curry County Sheriff’s deputy discovered more than two pounds of cocaine during a traffic stop about 11 p.m. Wednesday on U.S. 60/84 east of Melrose, according to Undersheriff Wesley Waller. The drugs were valued at around $100,000, Waller said. Two Albuquerque men were arrested and are being held on […]

Senators playing politics with prescriptions

ByTom Philpott : Military Update Pressured by the White House and drug industry lobbyists, Congress has killed a Senate-passed provision that would have forced pharmaceutical manufacturers to grant the Department of Defense deep discounts on drugs dispensed through the TRICARE retail pharmacy network. House Republicans were under enormous pressure last month to sideline a provision […]

Robberies spike in Clovis

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers In recent months there has been a spike in robberies in Clovis, bringing the number of cases for the year so far, with more than three months remaining, to about the same as the total for 2005, according to police. Portales hasn’t seen the same increase, say local police. Summer […]

OSI agents focus on force protection issues

Janet Taylor-Birkey Cannon’s Air Force Office of Special Investigations, Detachment 224, wants to remind Airmen of the duty to watch out for their fellow Airmen, report illegal drug activity and protect the resources of the United States. From April 2005 to April 2006, Det. 224 conducted 12 drug investigations; up from nine cases the previous […]

Entities take further steps regarding meth

By Tony Parra Local government entities are trying to stop of the stream of meth drugs in Roosevelt County and this week the federal government made its move to stop the stream of meth drugs from Mexico. Ninth Judicial District Attorney Matt Chandler said approximately 80 to 85 percent of meth drugs are imported to […]

Government should not control wether we use dietary supplements

Freedom Newspapers S ometimes the Nanny State goes too far, even for federal courts. That happened earlier this month in a case involving the Food and Drug Administration’s 2004 ban on the sale of the herb ephedra, commonly used as a diet aid. The ban came after the deaths of more than 80 people, most […]

Steroids not a problem yet in area

By Dave Wagner With steroids becoming a bigger problem at the professional sports level, the NCAA is trying to take more preventative measures to head off potential problems. Ed Kabrick, athletic trainer at Eastern New Mexico University, said that as of the 2004-05 school year the NCAA randomly tests athletes for the use of “performance-enhancing” […]

Seniors receive news on prescription drug cards

By Tony Parra Senior citizens attended an informational seminar on Friday morning at the Portales Senior Citizens center to see if someone can help them with the increasing costs. Buffie Saavedra, the program manager of the Aging and Long-term Service Department of New Mexico, traveled to Portales to answer seniors’ questions about the Medicare prescription […]

New drug program coming for Portales fourth-graders

By Tony Parra A new drug and alcohol prevention program at Valencia Elementary will be one of the first programs introduced to a New Mexico school, according to Roosevelt County Teen Court Coordinator Barbara Rogers. Rogers was in training with two other facilitators — Marcia Brown, DWI Program coordinator ,and Riki Seat, DWI Compliance coordinator […]

Drug bust leads to several arrests

Freedom Newspapers CLOVIS — Sheriff Roger Hatcher and his deputies arrested two Clovis residents Saturday evening in a routine drug bust, but Hatcher said those two arrests multiplied to seven as more people continued to visit the residence to buy drugs. One of those arrested drove from Portales when a deputy set up a drug […]

Local pharmacists concerned about international prescription drugs

By Michelle Seeber Pharmacists in Portales are concerned about support for legalizing lower-cost prescription drugs from Canada and Europe. Dick Haverland, pharmacist at C.J.’s Pill Box Pharmacy, said his main concern was guaranteeing the purity of medications and ensuring they wouldn’t be forgeries. “(Verification is) pretty hard to do over the internet,” Haverland said. “If […]

Pharmacies persuaded to stop cheap prescriptions

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Tony Parra By Tony Parra PNT Staff Writer tony_parra@link.freedom.com State pharmaceutical officials have persuaded the Portales Medical Center to stop purchasing low-priced prescription drugs from Canadian drug companies via a Texas storefront. The pharmacy officials say drugs from other countries must first be approved by the Food and Drug Administration. But the U.S. House of […]

Canadian drugs cheap, sold locally

Tony Parra A local pharmacy is using Canadian guidelines to sell prescription drugs at cheaper rates, an effort aimed at treating low-income patients without medical insurance. The business, Canadian RX Depot Inc., advertises savings of 20 to 90 percent on prescription drugs. The Portales Medical Center has started placing orders through a Canadian RX ordering […]