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Man accused of selling meth from hotel room arrested


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A local man who allegedly sold methamphetamine from a north Roswell motel faces a drug trafficking charge.

Mark Montoya, 33, of Roswell, was arrested Sunday on one count of trafficking a controlled substance after police reportedly found 108.2 grams of methamphetamine inside his room at a zero block of Military Heights Drive hotel, according to documents filed Monday in Chaves County Magistrate Court.

Police estimate the value of the methamphetamine found to be between $1,600 and $2,000. A ledger, $426 in cash, packing materials and a cellphone were also found in the room.

Montoya, court documents state, was later charged with receipt, transportation or possession of a firearm or destructive device by certain persons, a felon, after a .32 caliber handgun was allegedly found in a vehicle he had been driving.

Officers initially encountered Montoya at the hotel while responding to a remove-subject call.

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According to court documents, police were speaking with Montoya and a woman who was with him inside his room when they observed a bag with a white crystalline substance, $426 in cash and a ledger “sitting in plain sight in the room.” The substance later tested positive for the presence of methamphetamine, court documents state.

Montoya initially told police he found the bag outside, but did not say how he got the bag into the room. He also said he did not have a vehicle with him at the hotel.

The woman who was with Montoya though later told police that Montoya had been selling methamphetamine from the room for the last four days, court documents state.

The woman, who as of Wednesday was not charged with any crimes according to electronic court records, informed police Montoya had been driving a red GMC pickup truck parked on the south side of the hotel parking lot.

Police later obtained a search warrant for the room and the pickup. Inside the pickup, court documents state, officers discovered a loaded .32 caliber handgun, two loaded magazines, a digital scale, a bag with what is described as a green leafy substance and a spoon and metal bowl with residue from a crystalline substance.

Bond was set for Montoya at $25,000 cash or surety by Magistrate Judge K.C. Rogers during an initial court appearance Monday, according to court records.

A jail population summary report from the Chaves County Detention Center stated that as of early Wednesday, Montoya had not been released.

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