A warrant was issued Wednesday by a local judge for the arrest of a 36-year-old man charged with felony drug and firearms charges after he did not show up for a court proceeding.
Judge Thomas Lilley of New Mexico’s 5th Judicial District signed a bench warrant for the arrest of Lidio Aragon of Roswell for failure to appear based on conditions of release, according to the text of the warrant.
Court documents state the warrant was issued after Aragon — who was out on conditions of release on $2,500 bond cash or surety — did not appear in Fifth Judicial District Court Wednesday for his 9 a.m. arraignment. Franz Von Hoffman, Aragon’s attorney, did not respond to request for comment before press time Thursday.
Aragon was set to be arraigned on one count each of trafficking controlled substances, possession with intent to distribute; and receipt, transportation or possession of a firearm or destructive device by a felon.
He was charged Aug. 4 when a Roswell police officer assigned to the Chaves County Metro Narcotics Task Force allegedly found Aragon to be in possession of a Colt .45 Long Caliber single-shot handgun and 11.5 grams of a white substance that later tested positive for traces of methamphetamine.
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The officer had encountered Aragon that night walking west in an alley off of Bland Street. According to court documents, the officer recognized Aragon from previous interactions and learned Aragon was, at the time, wanted on an active Municipal Court warrant.
When the officer attempted to stop Aragon, court documents state Aragon fled, running west through the alley. He was eventually caught by the officer trying to enter a shed on the 200 block of East Albuquerque Street.
Court documents state Aragon was carrying a red sweater with some items wrapped in it when he was caught. At the instruction of the officer, Aragon dropped the sweater and the other items: a cigarette box containing two small baggies with a substance that later tested positive for methamphetamine and the handgun.
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 just before his arrest.
According to court documents, Aragon said that on the night of Aug. 4, he was coming back from his family’s house at the time of the pursuit, but declined to provide further comment to police.
Breaking news reporter Alex Ross can be reached at 575-622-7710, ext, 301, or firstname.lastname@example.org.