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Man pleads not guilty to meth trafficking charges

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A man facing charges of trafficking of a controlled substance pleaded not guilty Monday at his arraignment hearing in Fifth Judicial District Court in Roswell.

Raymond Encinias, 43, of Roswell, also pleaded not guilty to a charge of resisting, obstructing and evading a peace officer, according to a police report.

The charges stem from a Jan. 9 traffic stop at the 600 block of East Cherry Street.

During the stop, a clear baggie containing a substance that later tested positive for methamphetamine was allegedly found in Encinias’ jacket pocket.

Agents conducted the stop based on information from an informant who said Encinias was in possession of a significant amount of methamphetamine.

Agents during the stop ordered Encinias to raise his hands in the air, but he did not comply and instead placed his hands in his pockets. Having resisted, he was also arrested on charges of evading, resisting and obstructing a peace officer.

Encinias was transported to the Roswell Police Department after the stop and allegedly told police he was selling narcotics because he needed the money.

Bail has been set for Encinias at $15,000 cash or surety bond. However he remains at the Chaves County Detention Center and as of Tuesday, he has been held for 34 days, according to the CCDC population summary.

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