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Murder suspect arrested on drug, firearm charges

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A man out on bond while awaiting trial in a high-profile first-degree murder case was arrested on drug and firearm charges after he was found to be in possession of more than 700 grams of methamphetamine.

Luis Felipe Jimenez, 29, was charged Jan. 31 with one count of trafficking controlled substances, and one count of receipt, transportation or possession of a firearm or destructive device by a felon, according to a press release from the Roswell Police Department.

Jimenez is now being held without bond, according to documents filed in Chaves County Magistrate Court.

Agents with the Chaves County Narcotics Task Force arrested Jimenez at a zero block of West Wells Street residence as part of an investigation. A total of 763.2 grams of methamphetamine — with a street value of $12,000 — and five firearms were seized from the house.

The charges are expected to become federal charges, according to the press release.

Jimenez and Joseph Donald Barnhill, 32, were arrested Nov. 28, 2018 and charged with first-degree murder and aggravated burglary in connection with the Dec. 11, 2012 death of Saul Sanchez, 39.

Before his Jan. 31 arrest, Jimenez was out on bond awaiting further proceedings in the murder case.

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