Nov. 4 — Police blotter

Samplings of recent calls to Portales-area law enforcement, according to police records: Sunday About 3:15 a.m., a Portales Police officer met with a 24-year-old Portales woman and a 9th Judicial District victim advocate for a report of possible sexual battery. The victim advocate said she was summoned to Roosevelt General Hospital when the 24-year-old was […]

Oct. 24 —

Portales elementary schools and Portales Junior High School are set to participate in drug awareness activities this week as part of National Red Ribbon Week. The Red Ribbon campaign promotes the belief that one person can make a difference in the fight against drugs and encourages a drug-free lifestyle and participation in drug-use prevention activities, […]

Money needed to keep border open, secure

Freedom New Mexico Drug battles in Mexico have been growing increasingly violent, and increasingly close to Texas’ Rio Grande Valley residents. Shootouts in Matamoros, Reynosa and other border towns are now being reported daily. It’s proper, then, for our border senators to try to secure more funding to improve our nation’s border crossings. Both senators […]

My turn: Drug abuse serious issue

I’m not one for making something into a big deal if it’s not warranted. But this week’s video is just a small example of why the article in Thursday’s paper should be taken very seriously, and local pharmacies and law enforcement alike should prepare themselves. Prescription drug abuse may not be an issue yet in […]

City donates drug-sniffing dog

Jared Tucker Portales police are helping the Curry County Sheriff’s Office take a bite out of crime — they’re donating their only drug-sniffing dog. Portales Police Chief Jeff Gill told City Council members on Tuesday that his only certified canine officer has resigned to pursue his passion for ranching, and none of his other officers […]

Lawyer indicted on trafficking charges

Freedom New Mexico A Roosevelt County grand jury indicted a local lawyer July 16 on felony drug trafficking charges, according to a news release issued Thursday by the Roosevelt County Sheriff. Nettie M. Griffin, 50, is charged with two counts of trafficking controlled substances, a third-degree felony. Police said the indictment stems from an investigation […]

Roosevelt man arrested for meth

PNT staff report A Roosevelt County man was arrested for possession of methamphetamine Tuesday. Pedro Villalovos, 21, of Portales was charged with possession of methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia after Roosevelt and Curry County dep- uties along with Portales and Clovis Police officers executed a search warrant in the 1100 block of North Main […]

Three Portales women arrested in drug bust

PNT staff report Three Roosevelt County women were arrested on drug charges on Wednesday, a joint effort by Roosevelt and Curry county sheriff’s offices, Portales and Clovis police departments. The arrests were made in the 800 block of South Avenue G. A narcotics search warrant was executed and during the search deputies found methamphetamine, cocaine […]

Press Release: Crash landing report turns into drug bust

Over 400 pounds of Marijuana was seized when a fixed wing Piper airplane landed on a farm near Tucumcari last night (Monday). Officers from the Tucumcari State Police office were investigating an alleged plane crash just after 9:00 PM last night when they learned that the pilot was transporting narcotics.

Press Release: Two arrested in drug bust

On Friday April 16, 2010, deputies with the Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Office executed a narcotics search warrant in the 700 Block of West 17th Lane.

Druggist became pillar of community

By Don McAlavy: Freedom columnist W. H. Duckworth, owner of the Duckworth Drug Company came to New Mexico in the year, 1908 headquartering out of the city while traveling his territory. In 1910 he became manager of the Southwestern Drug Store and remained in that capacity until 1922. Duckworth served his state as lieutenant governor […]

Two jailed on drug charges

PNT staff reports Two Roosevelt County residents are jailed on charges stemming from a recent search warrant. Virginia Jones, 29, was arrested Friday at a residence in the 100 block of South Avenue G on charges of distribution of marijuana and possession of a schedule II narcotic, both fourth-degree felonies, and possession of drug paraphernalia, […]

Portales Past: March 4, 1930

March 4, 1930: Portales Chamber of Commerce leaders were lobbying city officials for a new ordinance: No U-turns at the intersections of State and Main streets and State and Colorado streets.

Portales Past: March 3, 1910

March 3, 1910: The Portales Drug Co. was in the process of moving into new quarters, next to Miller & Luikart’s dry goods establishment on the northeast side of the square.

Portales residents face felony drug charges

Freedom New Mexico Two Portales residents are facing felony drug charges. Tuesday, Daisy Ornelas, 23, was arrested and charged with trafficking cocaine, a second-degree felony, after officers from the Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Office, Portales Police Department and Curry County Sheriff’s Office executed a search warrant in the 1400 block of South Avenue E, according to […]

Detention officer, wife facing felony drug charges

By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer Roosevelt County Sheriff Darren Hooker says a county detention center officer was fired Friday after being accused of stealing prescription drugs from the jail to sell on the street. Hooker said Larry Martinez, 36, and his wife, Jesseka Martinez, 35, are facing assorted felony drug charges. Larry Martinez, 36, […]

Press Release: Jail guard and wife involved in drug case

(Roosevelt County, NM) – On Thursday December 31, 2009, Members of the Region V Drug Task Force made contact with Jesseka Martinez, DOB: 01-14-74, at her residence in the 1700 block of New Mexico Highway 236 following a lengthy undercover operation. In October an undercover agent with the Task Force purchased marijuana through Mrs. Martinez […]

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 […]