City, county task force nets 55 drug arrests since March

By Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer There have been 55 drug-related arrests since early March in Roosevelt County after the formation of a drug task force between county deputies and city police officers. Portales Police Capt. Lonnie Berry said the majority of the drug-related arrests have been for methamphetamines, but there have also been arrests […]

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 […]

Officers make drug bust

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By PNT Staff Acting on an informant tip, law enforcement officials disovered a little less than a pound of marijuana Wednesday afternoon while serving a search warrant. The marijuana was found in 19 individually wrapped bags in a residence on the 300 block of South Avenue I, Portales Police Capt. Lonnie Berry said. The total […]

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 […]

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” […]

Jan. 30 Public Record

The following criminal dispositions were recently filed in the magistrate court: • Andrew Boyer, 19, pled guilty to public affray and will serve six months of supervised probation. • Jaime Rullan, 44, pled guilty to battery and will serve six months of supervised probation. • Gregory Mead, 18, pled guilty to aggravated DWI and will […]

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 […]

Man claims drug debt played role in homicide

By Mike Linn A Clovis man charged with killing his mother told police another man actually committed the homicide in an effort to collect on a drug debt. Dwight Wagner, 49, told police that Larry “Jake” Lucero, 38, killed Wagner’s mother, 75-year-old Essie Thomas, after the woman refused to hand over $300 for payment on […]

Oct. 31 Portales Junior High News

By Billie Dixon Fellowship of Christian Athletes Students met Friday during their lunch for FCA a fellowship and planning program. Under leadership from Laura DeBusk, Ann-Marie Bucksath, Teri Thatcher, and Ginger Golden students have Bible study and work to improve their community. Student Council bricks Amanda Burnett and members of the student council sponsored Red […]

Oct. 24 Portales Junior High News

By Billie Dixon Parent conferences Monday All Portales schools will be open for parents from 11:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. Monday as parents and teachers review students’ progress this year.  Parents may pick up students’ report cards from first period teachers. Elections nearing Nov. 2 is the last day people can vote in the 2004 […]