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33 face charges in joint investigation in Eddy County


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A joint investigation, conducted in 2016 by the Pecos Valley Drug Task Force, Drug Enforcement Administration, the Chaves County Metro Narcotics Drug Task Force and many other law enforcement agencies, has led to 33 individuals’ state charges for various narcotics-related violations in Eddy County.

On Wednesday, Oct. 4, 30-year-old Noble W. Dyess was charged with conspiracy to bring contraband into jail, 28-year-old Amanda R. Garcia was charged with possession of controlled substances and possession of a firearm by a felon, 31-year-old Leah C. Hayhurst was charged with distribution of marijuana and bringing contraband into a jail.

In addition, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, Homeland Security Investigations, New Mexico State Police, Carlsbad Police Department and the Eddy County Sheriff’s Office also played a role in the joint investigation.

Jade S. Lyon, 40, and 36-year-old Marshall F. Phillips were charged for trafficking controlled substances, 32-year-old Cruz M. Melendrez III was charged with distribution of marijuana and possession of a firearm by a felon, 35-year-old Aaron J. Ortega was charged with trafficking controlled substances, 28-year-old Mark A. Robbins was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia and 48-year-old Dorie A. Romero was charged with conspiracy to commit trafficking.

“The Roswell Police Department is pleased when we can help take suspected criminals and illegal drugs off the streets of our city and other areas in southeast New Mexico,” said RPD public information officer Todd Wildermuth. “Working cooperatively with other agencies at the local, state and federal level is an effective means to doing that.”

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Monica Estrada, 37, and 29-year old Brian King were charged with conspiracy to traffic controlled substances, 28-year-old Eric Galindo was charged with possession of a firearm by a felon, 33-year-old Daniel Mauzey was charged with resisting, evading or obstructing and 45-year-old Brian Najar was charged with trafficking a controlled substance in a drug-free school zone. Those listed have also been incarcerated.

A total of 13 fugitives were arrested on warrants unrelated to the investigation on Oct. 4.

Chaves County Sheriff Britt Snyder described the investigation as a “great joint effort” between Chaves County’s drug task force, the Eddy County Drug Task Force and federal partners to help “clean things up a little.”

The Pecos Valley Drug Task Force said 26-year-old Michael Brown, 30-year-old Vanna Eaton, 44-year-old Melissa Elizando, 33-year-old Valerie Fierro, 38-year-old Valerie Garcia, 23-year-old Hector Hernandez, 28-year-old Candice Holcomb, 47-year-old Zenaida Leon, 29-year-old Greg Marquez, 38-year-old Randy Nunez, 29-year-old Juleigha Pierce, 54-year-old Richard Salmon, 24-year-old Sophia Solis, 35-year-old James Van Winkle, 23-year-old Jorge Villa and 55-year-old Humberto Villa were not located on Oct. 4 and are considered fugitives.

The Pecos Valley Drug Task Force asks anyone with information on the whereabouts of the fugitives mentioned to contact the task force at 575-887-5194 or facebook.com/pvdtf.

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