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Wanted man arrested on November drug trafficking charge

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A man wanted for two months on a warrant for a drug trafficking charge was arrested by Roswell police Wednesday.

Michael Lazos, 34, of Roswell, was arrested at 4:55 p.m. in the 1200 block of North Washington Avenue and charged with trafficking a controlled substance, according to an incident report filed by the Roswell Police Department.

Lazos was wanted on an arrest warrant filed Nov. 17 on one count of trafficking a controlled substance, possession with intent to distribute, narcotic or meth, electronic court records state.

He entered a formal plea of not guilty to the charge during a first appearance in Chaves County Magistrate Court Thursday. Bail was set at $5,000 cash or surety bond.

Police executed a search warrant at a North Washington Avenue residence — listed as Lazos’ residence in court documents — on the afternoon of Oct. 29. They found Lazos and two other individuals sitting in the living room with suspected narcotics and drug paraphernalia, an affidavit states.

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When police searched the residence, they found in the living room two clear Ziploc bags containing a white crystalline substance consistent with methamphetamine. Both bags weighed a total of 48.1 grams and tested positive for the presence of methamphetamine, the affidavit states.

A digital scale with white residue, two loaded syringes, packaging material and a glass smoking device were also found inside the house during the search.

Police also later obtained a search warrant for a cellphone that belonged to Lazos. The affidavit states that at least seven text messages and one Facebook messenger conversation, made between Oct. 23 and Oct. 31, involving money and drug transfers, were found in the phone.

Lazos had been charged in 2017 on one count of possession of a controlled substance and one count of possession or use of drug paraphernalia.

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