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Man faces drug trafficking, firearms charges

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A 35-year-old Roswell man was arrested on drug trafficking and firearms charges Tuesday following a brief chase.

Lidio Aragon was charged with one count each of trafficking controlled substances, methamphetamine; and firearms or destructive devices, receipt, transport or possession by a felon, according to court documents filed Wednesday in Chaves County Magistrate Court.

An officer assigned to the Chaves County Metro Narcotics Task Force allegedly found Aragon with two bags that totaled 11.5 grams of methamphetamine and a Colt .45 Long Caliber single-shot handgun.

The officer, according to court documents, encountered Aragon walking west in an alley off Bland Street approaching Grand Street. According to court documents, the officer had recognized Aragon from previous interactions. The officer also had learned that Aragon was the subject of an outstanding arrest warrant issued in Municipal Court.

When the officer, who was driving an unmarked patrol unit, attempted to stop Aragon, court documents state Aragon fled, running west through the alley.

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The pursuing officer then eventually caught Aragon trying to make entry into a shed on a 200 block of East Albuquerque Street property. The officer at the time saw that Aragon was carrying a red sweater with multiple items wrapped in it.

Aragon at the instruction of the officer dropped all of the items in his hands, which included the sweater, gun and a cigarette box containing two bags of a white crystalline substance that later tested positive for the presence of methamphetamine, court documents state.

When questioned by police, court documents state, Aragon admitted to having a past felony conviction for forgery, but denied having had a firearm in his possession. Aragon said he was coming back from his family’s house at the time of the pursuit but did not give any further statements to police.

Judge K.C. Rogers set bond at $25,000 cash or surety Wednesday during an initial appearance in Magistrate Court.

According to Thursday’s jail summary population report, Aragon is still detained at the Chaves County Detention Center.

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