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 […]

July 20, 1977

• Thirteen downtown businesses were preparing for a joint half-day sale that would be held from noon to 8 p.m. The merchants were offering summer clearance specials and bargains on selected merchandise. • John Wayne and Lauren Bacall starred in The Shootist, the featured showing at the Varsity Drive-In Theatre. • A Rinsenvac professional do-it-yourself […]

Police make drug bust

PNT Staff Report Portales police arrested three city residents Tuesday in drug raids that netted marijuana and cocaine in an ongoing narcotics investigations, according to a Portales Police Department press release. Joe E. Aragon, 27, of Portales, was arrested on charges of possession of marijuana with intent to distribute within a school zone and trafficking […]

March 8, 1970

The Kiwanis Club will present the program Monday night at the Business and Professeional Women’s Club and will give information concerning drugs and drug abuse. Speakers on the program will be a represenative from the Portales Police Department, along with Fred Stephens, chairmen of Kiwanis Club’s “Operation Drug Alert”, and Gayle E. Ferguson, chairmen of […]

Police arrest Portales men on drug-related charges

By Freedom Newspapers Portales police made two drug-related arrests Thursday with the help of a police informant, according to a Portales Police Department news release. Chris Roybal, 20, of Portales attempted to sell 3.2 grams of methamphetamine for $225, police said. He is charged with possession of methamphetamine with the intent to traffic. Freddie Dominguez, […]

Sheriff’s office back in task force

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Roosevelt County Sheriff Darren Hooker made good on one of his campaign promises last week as his office participated in a sweep of suspected drug traffickers with the Region V Drug Task Force. The roundup, which netted the arrest of 22 people on outstanding drug and narcotics charges and […]

New sheriff prepares office

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Sheriff-elect Darren Hooker says he always politely corrects anyone who refers to the organization he works for as the sheriff’s department. He says he works for the Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Office — a distinction he says is important. Hooker says the organization isn’t a department of anything — instead […]

Senators playing politics with prescriptions

ByTom Philpott : Military Update Pressured by the White House and drug industry lobbyists, Congress has killed a Senate-passed provision that would have forced pharmaceutical manufacturers to grant the Department of Defense deep discounts on drugs dispensed through the TRICARE retail pharmacy network. House Republicans were under enormous pressure last month to sideline a provision […]

Police: Marijuana plants seized

Freedom Newspapers Marijuana plants with an approximate street value of $51,200 were confiscated from a Clovis house Friday afternoon by police and drug task force agents, according to officials. No arrests were made at the scene and no suspects were at home at the time of the search, the Clovis Police Department said in a […]

Reeb named to 9th Judicial court bench

Freedom Newspapers SANTA FE — David Reeb said he has reached the pinnacle of his career by being appointed by the governor to fill the newly created fourth judge’s position in the 9th Judicial District Court. “I’ve aspired to be a judge since I was in law school,” said the 37-year-old former deputy district attorney […]

Assault, drug charges net long sentence

Freedom Newspapers A 33-year-old man was sentenced Friday to 12 1/2 years in prison for drug possession and assaulting a police officer, according to a press release from the 9th Judicial District Attorney’s office. David Lopez was found guilty by a jury in May of possession of methamphetamine, assault on a police officer, resisting arrest […]

Meth still problem in Curry County

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers Behind marijuana, methamphetamine remains the second drug of choice for users in Clovis and Curry County, according to officials. And the destructive nature of the drug poses a community concern because it feeds crime rates and causes health and family deterioration, they say. Although meth production is down, meth-related use […]

Portales seeing more cocaine arrests

By Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer Portales police officers have seen increases in cocaine-related arrests and a decline of meth-related arrests, but Portales Police Capt. Lonnie Berry said city and county police officers will continue to work together to combat the narcotics problem — no matter what drug it is. Portales Police Department Chief Jeff […]

Darren Hooker runs for county sheriff

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Editor’s note: Darren Hooker is seeking the Republican nomination for Roosevelt County Sheriff in the June 6 primary. He is running against Tom Gossett. Darren Hooker Age: 37 Wife: Cecily Background: Served as a military police officer from 1986 to 1996 and became certified in Santa Fe in 1996 for law enforcement in New Mexico. […]

OSI agents focus on force protection issues

Janet Taylor-Birkey Cannon’s Air Force Office of Special Investigations, Detachment 224, wants to remind Airmen of the duty to watch out for their fellow Airmen, report illegal drug activity and protect the resources of the United States. From April 2005 to April 2006, Det. 224 conducted 12 drug investigations; up from nine cases the previous […]

Denial of medical marijuana by FDA short on science

Editorial Last week the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, for reasons that are far from clear, chose to enter the debate over medical marijuana with a thoroughly unscientific — one might even say anti-scientific — blanket denial that marijuana has any medical value at all. Specifically, the grandiosely titled “Inter-Agency Advisory Regarding Claims That Smoked […]

Medicare prescription signups slow

By Sen. Pete Domenici: Guest Column The May 15 deadline for signing up for Medicare prescription drug benefits is quickly approaching and there are still thousands of New Mexicans, particularly low-income residents, who have not signed up. Because we built in extra compensations to help poor seniors, I strongly encourage them to act now to […]

Raids in Portales produce eight arrests, stolen goods

By Tony Parra Area law enforcement officials arrested eight people in a series of raids late this week, including a Portales man for the second time in less than a month. Armando Ontiveros, 38, was charged Friday with disposal of stolen property. Portales police officers and Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Department deputies arrested Ontiveros on Friday […]