Police handle large fry order

Freedom Newspapers A tractor-trailer accident early Friday morning near St. Vrain resulted in the drug-related arrest of a Salt Lake City man, according to state police. Around 4 a.m. a tractor-trailer carrying frozen french fries traveling east on Highway 60/84 overturned and caught fire, state police officer Lance Bateman said. The driver, Hank Breitenbugher, 41, […]

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 […]

Feb. 7, 2006 Legislative Roundup

Compiled by Andy Jackson: Freedom Newspapers Legislative round-up: • The house approved a bill to fund a new judge in the 9th Judicial District. House Bill 337 allocates $2.2 million for judges, equipment and staff in selected areas throughout the state; and over $1 1/2 million for the offices of district attorneys and public defenders. […]

Meth, drug rehab top local legislators’ lists

By Andy Jackson Local legislators are adamant about two bills they wrote that will hit the Roundhouse in upcoming weeks — separate yet connected propositions for mandatory drug sentencing and rehabilitation initiatives. Sen. Clint Harden, R-Clovis, said he’s introducing a bill that would impose mandatory methamphetamine sentencing, to “get cooks out of the kitchen,” he […]

Woman arraigned on meth charges

Staff Reports Courtney Timms, one of 15 individuals arrested in a year-long methamphetamine trafficking investigation, stood Monday in federal court in Albuquerque as the last defendant in the case to be arraigned, Assistant United States Attorney Sharon Kimball said. Officials searched eight Clovis locations on Nov. 3-4 as part of the year-long federal investigation into […]

Detention hearings set Monday for seven arrested

By Andy Jackson Seven defendants arrested Thursday morning on charges of trafficking methamphetamine in Clovis will have detention hearings Monday, according to the federal prosecutor handling the case. The hearings are scheduled for 9:30 a.m. in federal court in Albuquerque, according to Assistant U.S. Attorney Sharon Kimball. The state will argue the individuals be held […]

Seven arrested for meth trafficking

Andy Jackson: Freedom Newspapers Seven area residents were arrested early Thursday morning on federal charges of methamphetamine trafficking in a series of raids throughout Clovis. Dubbed “Generation Ice Takedown,” the raids resulted from long-term federal, state and local police investigations, a Clovis police press release said. District Attorney Matt Chandler said the arrests will make […]

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 […]

Suggested meth ordinance has critics

By David Irvin Phyllis Roberts is worried she might be pegged as a meth producer. Some of the signs are there: She buys cold medicine in bulk quantities and lives on a reclusive ranch six miles outside Elida. What else could she be doing out there? Well, sneezing and sniffling a lot, the city of […]

Meth Watch program gains fans across state

By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer While prosecuting a methamphetamine manufacturer in 2002, District Attorney Matthew Chandler heard the words that inspired him to attack the drug head-on. After the Albuquerque man was convicted for manufacturing methamphetamine in a Clovis hotel, the judge asked him why he’d set up shop in Clovis. His response, according […]