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Meth seizure removes 1.5 pounds from streets

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An ongoing investigation by the Chaves County Metro Narcotics Task Force has led to the confiscation of approximately a pound and a half of methamphetamines.

According to a news release by the Roswell Police Department, the RPD led a task force with multiple law enforcement agencies on Halloween.

“Task force agents on Oct. 31 made a traffic stop in the 1500 block of North Garden Avenue of a pickup truck for which they had obtained a search warrant,” the release stated. “A search of the truck, which was occupied by Randall Morris, 52, and Ann Knecht, 55, resulted in agents locating the one and a half pounds of meth, as well as nearly $2,000 in cash and a rifle.”

The RPD said the amount of meth seized is estimated to be worth about $35,000 if sold locally on the street.

While neither Morris nor Knecht were arrested by local law enforcement, in pursuit of federal charges, the case has since been turned over to the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration.

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Prior to the Halloween meth seizure, Knecht had been charged in Chaves County District Court with possession of a controlled substance, a fourth-degree felony, and possession of drug paraphernalia, a misdemeanor, in 2006, but the charges were dismissed by the prosecutor two years later.

Morris holds 11 different charges in Chaves County magistrate and district court. His most recent charge in district court was last year.

In December 2016, Morris was charged with his first offense of trafficking controlled substances with the intent to distribute, a second-degree felony, and possession of marijuana or synthetic cannabinoids, a misdemeanor.

A docket call for his 2016 charge was scheduled for Morris on Wednesday, eight days after he was located by the drug task force with Knecht.

The RPD said once the investigation further proceeds, arrest warrants are expected to be sought.

Multimedia-Crime reporter Trevier Gonzalez can be reached at 575-622-7710, ext. 301, or at breakingnews@rdrnews.com.

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