A local man facing federal drug trafficking and firearm charges has pleaded not guilty to two criminal counts.
Lidio Aragon, 36, of Roswell pleaded not guilty to 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 Tuesday during an arraignment in New Mexico’s 5th Judicial District Court in Chaves County, according to documents.
Timothy Wyatt, the deputy district attorney listed in court records as prosecutor in the case, and Franz Michael Von Hoffman, Lidio’s attorney, did not return calls for comment in the case before press time Wednesday.
Aragon was arrested Aug. 4 after he was reportedly found to be in possession of a Colt .45 Caliber Long single-shot handgun and 11.5 grams of a white substance which later tested positive for the presence of methamphetamine, court documents state.
The drugs and firearm were found following a brief foot chase after an officer who was familiar with Aragon — wanted at the time on an active municipal court warrant — tried to approach him in an alley off of Bland Street.
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When the officer caught up to Aragon in the 200 block of East Albuquerque Street, the suspect was allegedly discovered to be carrying the firearm and a cigarette box containing two small baggies of the white substance, according to court documents.
Though he later reportedly admitted to having a past felony conviction for forgery, Aragon denied having a firearm with him in the lead up to his arrest.
Aragon’s arraignment was initially scheduled for Sept. 28, but the court was unable to move forward, when the suspect, who at the time was out on $2,500 bond cash or surety, did not show up in court.
Judge Thomas Lilley responded to Aragon’s absence by issuing a bench warrant for his arrest for failure to appear based on conditions of release.
Aragon was found and arrested Oct. 6 while in the 400 block of East Fifth Street, according to police records.
In addition to the warrant for failure to appear, Todd Wildermuth, public information officer with the RPD, said Wednesday that Aragon was also wanted at the time on an outstanding Magistrate Court warrant for failure to pay fines related to traffic offenses.
As of Wednesday, Aragon remained held without bond at the Chaves County Detention Center, according to the daily jail population summary report listing all inmates housed at the center.
Breaking news reporter Alex Ross can be reached at 575-622-7710, ext, 301, or email@example.com.