Two men from Las Vegas, Nevada were arrested Wednesday at a Roswell motel after they were found to have allegedly been in possession of as much as $100,000 of methamphetamine.
George Clinton McAnnelly III, 37, and Jesus Munoz-Flores, 22, are each charged with one count of trafficking a controlled substance and conspiracy to traffic a controlled substance, according to an affidavit filed Thursday in Chaves County Magistrate Court.
The two men were arrested after Roswell Police received a call at 7:35 a.m. Wednesday from a desk manager at a motel in the 3500 block of North Main Street. According to the affidavit, the two men in the motel lobby appeared to be under the influence of narcotics and acting suspiciously when they came and asked for keys to room 125.
The desk manager went to room 125 to see why the two men wanted to get inside and allegedly discovered nine suspicious packages in the room that she believed contained narcotics. The desk manager did not find anyone else in the room.
Both McAnnelly and Munoz-Flores allegedly left the scene before police arrived. However, the desk manager later informed officers at the motel when she spotted McAnnelly walking toward room 125 and another male — later identified as Munoz-Flores — sitting outside in a vehicle, according to the affidavit.
The nine packages later discovered tested positive for the presence of methamphetamine, and combined, weighed a total of 10.7 lbs. Another container later found in the trunk of a vehicle that Munoz-Flores was found sitting in tested positive for the presence of methamphetamine, and weighed 597.9 grams.
The full amount of methamphetamine allegedly seized has a street value of between $65,000 and $100,000 depending on the supplier, according to the affidavit.
When they searched the vehicle, police later allegedly discovered a 9 mm handgun located under the center console, two cellphones, a measuring spoon with traces of what is thought to have been heroin, a plastic bag containing a tube of syringes and a box of 9 mm ammunition, the affidavit states.
A Jail Population Summary Report from the Chaves County Detention Center issued Thursday lists both McAnelly and Munoz-Flores as still in custody.
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