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Roswell man charged with meth trafficking

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A Roswell man was arrested Wednesday during a traffic stop on charges of trafficking of a controlled substance, after he was found with a significant amount of methamphetamine.

Raymond Encinias, 43, also faces charges of resisting, evading and obstructing an officer, according to a statement of probable cause filed in Chaves County Magistrate Court.

Encinias was stopped by Chaves County Narcotics Task Force agents at 4:27 p.m. in the 600 block of East Cherry Street, based on information one of the agents received from a confidential informant that Encinias was in possession of a substantial amount of methamphetamine.

Agents ordered Encinias during the stop to raise his hands, but he did not comply and instead placed his hands in his pockets. He resisted and disobeyed orders, and was subsequently placed under arrest for resisting, evading and obstructing an officer, according to the statement of probable cause.

Encinias was searched by the arresting agents, who discovered a clear baggie containing a white crystalline substance located in his jacket pocket.

He was later transported to the Roswell Police Department.

The baggie with the white substance weighed 22.5 grams. A field test was later conducted on the substance, which tested positive for methamphetamine, according to the statement of probable cause.

Encinias later said he was selling narcotics because he needed money, according to the statement of probable cause.

Bail is set for Encinias at $15,000 cash or surety bond, however, as of Friday, Encinias was still at the Chaves County Detention Center, according to the center’s population summary.

Encinias’ preliminary examination is scheduled for 8:30 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 23 in Magistrate Court.

Breaking news reporter Alex Ross can be reached at 575-622-7710, ext. 301, or at breakingnews@rdrnews.com.