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 […]