Hobbs woman arrested for possession of meth

Freedom New Mexico A Hobbs woman faces drug charges after Roosevelt County Sheriff’s deputies said they found methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia in her wrecked vehicle, said Chief Deputy Malin Parker. According to Parker: • A silver Chevrolet Tahoe driven by Candace Glasspoole, 37, flipped just after 8 a.m. Nov. 3 on N.M. 206 at Mile […]

State Police look for meth lab

Freedom New Mexico State Police searched unsuccessfully for a methamphetamine lab on North Main Street Tuesday night. Capt. Jimmy Glasscock said officers received information about a meth lab during an investigation. However, when they executed a search warrant at the residence, they found no lab, he said.

Man convicted on meth charges says he didn’t manufacture

PNT staff A Roosevelt County man sentenced last week on methamphetamine manufacturing charges says he didn’t cook meth and was sentenced 15 years in prison for being an addict. Cody Banister, 28, agreed to a plea deal and was sentenced to 21 years in the New Mexico Department of Corrections, with the last six years […]

One arrested, one sought in meth lab bust

Freedom New Mexico One Clovis man is under arrest and a warrant has been issued for another in connection with a methamphetamine lab discovered at a city hotel by police earlier this week. Christopher “Jason” Kidd, 31, is being held at the Curry County Adult Detention Center on $33,500 bond, jail officials said. He is […]

Law enforcement seizes two more meth labs

PNT Staff Report Law enforcement seized ingredients and equipment used to manufacture methamphetamine Sunday at two locations in Roosevelt County, according to a press release from the Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Office. Roosevelt County Sheriff Darren Hooker said two suspects in the case were arrested on outstanding warrants. He said investigators are pursuing warrants for the […]

Meth lab bust charges filed

PNT Staff Report Charges of manufacturing a controlled substance were filed in magistrate court on Wednesday against three subjects arrested in connection with seized meth labs in Portales. “The investigation is still ongoing and there could be additional arrests and charges filed,” Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Deputy Malin Parker said. Manufacturing charges were filed against Cody […]

Officers seize suspected meth labs

PNT Staff Report Acting on an anonymous tip Sunday, the Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Office seized three separate facilities believed to be methamphetamine labs and arrested three people in the process, according to a news release. One subject has been charged with parole violation and faces a pending warrant for manufacture of a controlled substance. He […]

Local officials react to meth documentary

By Helena Rodriguez, PNT Staff Writer It wasn’t like reefer madness in the 1960s, when officials tried to scare people away from using drugs. This was the real deal. That’s what Jennifer Lockwood, a licensed mental health counselor with Mental Health Resources in Portales said on Thursday night after watching, “Crystal Darkness,” a 30-minute, commercial-free […]

Meth documentary airs statewide tonight

Freedom New Mexico staff “Crystal Darkness,” a documentary campaign on the abuse of methamphetamines, will air at 6:30 p.m. tonight on multiple televisions throughout New Mexico.

Meth documentary to air tonight

A 30-minute documentary, “Crystal Darkness,” will air statewide at 6:30 p.m. today. The documentary can be seen in Portales on KOB-TV, channel 4. It features stories from New Mexico methamphetamine users and their families and is being localized in various regions. “The Crystal Darkness” campaign began in January in Reno, Nev., by a nonprofit organization […]

Meth series hits home

By Helena Rodriguez: Freedom Newspapers A popular piece of advice for writers is to write about what you know. But writing about what you know can be extremely painful when you’ve been affected by the destructive demon of methamphetamine . Crank. Ice. Chalk. Tweek. Nose candy. There are many ways to label this man-made drug, […]

Man to produce documentary on meth

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By Helena Rodriguez: Freedom Newspapers Editor’s note: This is the third in a three-part series dealing with the effects of methamphetamine addiction and its growing impact on local communities. Paul Hunton wants people who watch his video documentary to walk away disgusted. And if they don’t, “Then something is wrong with them.” Hunton, a 2006 […]

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 […]

DA discusses meth program

By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Hoping to bring more awareness of a continuing problem, the Eastern New Mexico University Criminal Justice Association held a presentation on methamphetamine. District Attorney Matthew Chandler was the guest speaker at Tuesday’s program, where he outlined his Meth Watch program, which restricts and monitors the sale of over-the-counter pseudoephedrine […]

Life of a bill

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By Marlena Hartz: Freedom Newspapers Eleven days remained Thursday until the onset of the 48th legislative session. The sun had set, night was near; but calm eluded Rep. Anna Crook. “My stomach is churning,” said Crook, R-Clovis. Constituent e-mails, letters and phone calls bounced in her head. Suggested laws. Suggested funding. Requests she finds reasonable, […]

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 […]

Sheriff candidates square off in forum

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By Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer Roosevelt County sheriff candidates Tom Gossett and Darren Hooker addressed communication with the commissioners and dealing with staff shortages and meth problems in Roosevelt County during a candidate forum Thursday evening. Roosevelt County and the chamber of commerce sponsored the public forum. Gossett and Hooker are both Republicans meaning […]

Portales residents can help battle meth epidemic

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Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Methamphetamine is described by law enforcement as the biggest social crisis in America today. Thursday at the Portales Chamber of Commerce’s quarterly luncheon, attendees learned more about the problem and a few easy ways to deter it in the community. Capt. Lonnie Berry of the Portales Police Department described the […]