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Task Force seizes 59 pounds of marijuana

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Chaves County Metro Narcotics Task Force agents found more than $200,000 worth of marijuana Tuesday when they executed three narcotics search warrants on separate properties owned by a Roswell man.

Agents with the Task Force found marijuana at three properties totaling approximately 59 pounds, mostly in packaged bricks with some in plastic zipper bags. All three locations were owned by Raymond Gabaldon, 59, of Roswell, according to a post Wednesday on the Chaves County Sheriff’s Office Facebook page.

The post did not state where those properties were located.

The marijuana found on the properties, combined with smaller quantities purchased by agents during controlled buys before the execution of the warrants Tuesday totaled approximately 60 pounds, with an estimated street value of $224,840.

In addition to the marijuana, copious amounts of drug paraphernalia such as growing equipment, several scales, two rifles and $4,273 in cash were discovered during the execution of the warrants.

Agents are working to bring narcotics trafficking charges against Gabaldon, his wife Daria and son Ramon, the Facebook post states.

According to a press release from the Narcotics Task Force, agents learned from an informant on June 20 that Raymond Gabaldon was selling large quantities of marijuana in Chaves County. Between hearing of the operation and the execution of the warrants, agents were able to make a series of controlled buys from Gabaldon, purchasing from him smaller quantities of marijuana each time.

Herrington said in an interview Thursday that it is unusual to find marijuana in such large quantities, because people typically keep it in smaller quantities to avoid charges such as drug trafficking or intent to distribute.

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