Meth law permissive, not restrictive

Letters to the Editor I believe the article in Friday’s paper (”City approves meth law/Commission votes 6-2 in favor of law restricting sale of some medicines”) missed the mark. New Mexico state law limits purchases of meth precursors to two packages, not to exceed six grams in any seven-day period. That’s restrictive. The new Clovis […]

New meth law

Editorial City and county officials in Clovis and Portales passed an ordinance last week aimed at curbing production of methamphetamine. Unfortunately, the law misses its target. It will inconvenience sick people, can send retail-store owners to jail, and gives government a little better look into our private lives but, in the end, provides no more […]

New meth law nothing more than politics

Freedom Newspapers City and county officials in Clovis and Portales passed an ordinance last week aimed at curbing production of methamphetamine. Unfortunately, the law misses its target. It will inconvenience sick people, can send retail-store owners to jail, and gives government a little better look into our private lives, but, in the end, provides no […]

Senator praises bipartisan energy effort

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Kevin Wilson: PNT managing editor Editor’s Note: 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. […]

Anti-meth bill restricting cold medicines advances in Senate

Staff and wire reports WASHINGTON (AP) — 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 […]

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 […]

Changes made for proposed meth ordinance

By Marlena Hartz 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 pharmacies, with the […]

Commissioners favor ordinance

By Tony Parra A Roosevelt County ordinance placing stricter restrictions on the sale of certain decongestants used in the production of methamphetamines could be in place as soon as late August. Roosevelt County commissioners unanimously passed a notice of intent for an ordinance restricting the sale of drugs containing pseudoephedrine during Tuesday’s county meeting. The […]

Suggested meth ordinance has critics

By David Irvin Phyllis Roberts is worried she might be pegged as a meth producer. Some of the signs are there: She buys cold medicine in bulk quantities and lives on a reclusive ranch six miles outside Elida. What else could she be doing out there? Well, sneezing and sniffling a lot, the city of […]

Feds aim to combat meth production

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By Kevin Wilson: PNT Managing Editor Federal legislation is in the works that could tightly regulate the sale of ingredients used in the production of methamphetamines. However, similar measures on the state, county and city level could be in place well before a national law takes hold. U.S. Sen. Pete Domenici, R-N.M., cosponsored on Wednesday […]

Meth Watch program gains fans across state

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 […]

Meth arrests not expected to slow down

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By Kevin Wilson 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 is a feeling the arrests are just the tip of the iceberg. “I do not expect this to let up,” said Capt. Lonnie […]

Meth Watch program started

By Ryan Lengerich CLOVIS — District Attorney Matt Chandler has teamed up with law enforcement officials and area retailers to curb sales of products commonly used to manufacture methamphetamines. On Thursday, Chandler announced the kickoff to Meth Watch, a program alerting store retailers to consumers purchasing or stealing suspicious amounts of products used in the […]

Meth lab speech set for Thursday

By Tony Parra New Mexico State Police officials will be presenting a drug awarness seminar 6 p.m. Thursday at the Portales High School Auditorium to discuss the health and law problems that come with methamphetamine labs. Officials are hoping to have Roosevelt County students as well as their parents attend the seminar to help in […]

Chandler: Kids affected too many times by meth labs

By David Irvin Yellow space suits, high-powered rifles and your parents screaming as some stranger drags them away. The methamphetamine bust as seen by the child on the inside, officials say, is a frightening thing. But according to statistics from the New Mexico State Police, this unfortunate drama is fairly common. When a methamphetamine lab […]

Legislators crack down on meth

David Arkin Methamphetamine has become such a problem in New Mexico that lawmakers may consider a bill focused on fighting the war against the highly addictive drug. Local law enforcement officials are applauding the bill, which will make an appearance soon before the House Judiciary Committee. The bill would allow prosecutors to charge people with […]

Drug awareness seminar receives poor attendance

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Tony Parra No community is immune from drug problems and drug awareness was the main issue during the “Taking Control” seminar at the Portales High School Auditorium on Thursday. “I’m very disappointed that we didn’t have more people than the ones that attended,” Roosevelt County Sheriff Tom Gossett said. “I am proud of the law […]