Prosecutors lay out timeline in Salas case

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By Sharna Johnson, Freedom New Mexico The prosecution used a parade of people Tuesday to place Edward Salas and four others at the apartment complex where 10-year-old Carlos Perez was shot and killed more than two years ago. Jurors heard about 7 1/2 hours of testimony from six witnesses in the second day of trial […]

RCSO, Task Force make drug bust

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PNT Staff Report Officers from the Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Office and the Region V Drug Task Force executed a search warrant Wednesday that ended in the arrest of a Portales man for drug charges, according to a RCSO news release. Officers served the warrant at 1413 S. Ave. I in Portales where they seized 15 […]

One arrested in drug bust

PNT Staff Report Police officers arrested a Portales man Wednesday on a variety of drug-related charges while they were conducting a probation and parole operation in Portales, according to a Portales Police Department news release. Kyle Lopez, 19, was arrested and charged with one count of possession with intent to distribute a controlled substance and […]

Three arrested for drug trafficking

PNT Staff Report Three people were arrested Sunday and charged with drug trafficking after Portales police received a report of a possible break-in in progress, according to a department press release. Ashley Lemier, 26, of Portales, Stephen Stites, 28, of Roswell and Diego Montes, 28, of Roswell were charged with trafficking a controlled substance. Using […]

Drug court offers incarceration alternative

By Eric Butler: PNT Correspondent Lawrence Baker knew he needed help to kick his drug habit. He found the structure and incentive he needed through the 9th Judicial Drug Court program. “I had tried to quit on my own before, through N.A. (Narcotics Anonymous),” Baker said. “But the steady regimen of (Drug Court) is what […]

Law officers make drug bust

PNT Staff Report Roosevelt County Sheriff’s officers working with the Region V Drug Task Force seized illegal drugs and arrested one man Sunday in Portales on an outstanding warrant. They are seeking felony drug trafficking charges against two individuals, according to a RCSO press release. According to the press release, a search warrant was issued […]

Pharmacy owners retiring after three decades

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By Mickey Winfield: PNT Staff Writer After serving Portales’ pharmaceutical needs for three decades, CJ’s Pill Box owners Dick and Vivian Haverland are retiring. The longtime Portales residents said they’ll miss playing a big role in helping people get better. “We’re going to miss all the people that we’ve taken care of over the years,” […]

Local man arrested, drug charges pending

PNT Staff Report PNT Staff Report Law enforcement officers arrested a Roosevelt County man and seized items suspected to be used in methamphetamine production Tuesday. According to a news release from the Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Office, Cody Banister, 27 was arrested on probation violation and RCSO officials say numerous other charges related to the production […]

Man arrested following search

PNT Staff Law enforcement officers arrested a Roosevelt County man and seized items suspected to be used in methamphetamine production Tuesday. According to a news release from the Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Office, Cody Banister, 27 was arrested on probation violation and RCSO officials say numerous other charges related to the production of methamphetamine are pending. […]

November 13, 1996

• As a follow-up to Drug Awareness Week, two drug dogs and their handlers made a visit to both the Portales Junior High and Portales High School. • Portales police officers were on the prowl to give out tickets to law abiding citizens. Recipients of the tickets would receive a free turkey donated by local merchants. […]

Sting results in arrest

PNT Staff Report Officers with the Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Office and the Region V Drug Task Force arrested a 30-year-old man Monday on drug-trafficking charges, according to a RCSO news release. Genaro Solis-Cordoba, 30, of Mexico was arrested after officers found cocaine, a handgun and cash while searching a vehicle and a Roosevelt County residence. […]

Pills won’t cure you if you’re a hypochondriac

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor We turn on the television and as sure as the next commercial break, we’ll hear about a new pill for an ailment we’re convinced we must have suddenly come down with. If we didn’t have restless leg syndrome this time last month, watch a few hundred commercials with people […]

Grandmother arrested for heroin trafficking

Freedom Newspapers A grandmother was arrested on drug trafficking charges Friday after police found heroin in her vehicle, according to the Curry County Sheriff’s Department. Anna Barreno, 46, is charged with possession with intent to traffic heroin, tampering with evidence, child abuse and concealing identity, a sheriff’s department release said. Barreno is being held at […]

Drug dog attends county meeting

PNT Staff Report Roosevelt County Commissioners met in regular session Tuesday, and with a light agenda, received a demonstration by the Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Office drug dog. Guided by her handler, Deputy Gary Ford, the 2-year-old Labrador named Ana found a plastic bag with methamphetamine Sheriff Darren Hooker taped under one of the chairs in […]

Anti-drug plan will cause more harm than good

Editorial President Bush confirmed last week, at the U.S.-Canada-Mexico “summit” meeting, that the U.S. is planning a “robust” aid package to help Mexico combat the illegal drug trade. There is little question Mexico is experiencing a tragic wave of violence as various drug cartels battle among themselves and with the federales. But throwing more resources […]

Supreme Court should overturn drug decision

Editorial The Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit apparently believes that bureaucracies can and do have power so absolute that they trump the traditional right of free people to control their own bodies and try to protect their own lives. If that’s not the case, it’s difficult to see how the court […]

Large pot bust made during saturation patrol Friday

By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Reporter Nine and one-half pounds of marijuana were recovered after two Portales residents were arrested on Friday evening during a criminal interdiction patrol that took place in Roosevelt County for the first time, according to a press release issued by the Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Office. Patricia Villanueva, 26, was arrested […]

Nation’s drug policies must be reconsidered

Editorial We couldn’t help but notice a recent wire story headlined “Illegal drugs getting scarcer.” The report began by noting that the availability of most illegal drugs is down and drug seizures are up. Drug warriors point to this information as proof the war on drugs is succeeding. Not everyone, however, is reaching that same […]

Groups offer support, share experiences

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By Helena Rodriguez: Freedom Newspapers Editor’s note: This is the second in a three-part series on methamphetamine, a manmade chemical, and its growing impact on local communities. At the southeast corner of Portales Cemetery is a granite headstone with a letter titled, “My Sad Story,” embedded on the surface for visitors and passers-by to read. […]

Small towns, big problem

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By Helena Rodriguez: Freedom Newspapers Editor’s note: This is the first in a three-part series dealing with the growing problem and unique challenges posed by addiction to the manmade chemical of methamphetamine. Meth, which is said to be mostly a “small-town America problem,” is being attributed locally as a reason for increased crime and calls […]