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Man faces drug trafficking, firearm charges

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A local man faces a drug trafficking charge after agents with the Chaves County Metro Narcotics Task Force reportedly found him with large quantities of methamphetamine and cash while executing a search warrant on a vehicle.

Documents filed in Chaves County Magistrate Court state that 30-year-old Jeffrey Chacon of Roswell was taken into custody without incident Wednesday on charges of trafficking controlled substances, methamphetamine; and firearms or destructive devices, receipt, transportation or possession by a felon.

Task force agents — which include officers with the Roswell Police Department, Chaves County Sheriff’s deputies and agents with the FBI and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives — reportedly found a firearm, 20.3 grams of methamphetamine and $673 in cash while executing the search warrant on a 2006 Cadillac driven by Chacon.

“Affiant knows through training and experience that the amount of narcotics as well as the firearm and U.S. currency seized is consistent with drug trafficking,” court records state.

The search warrant, which was executed outside a 3600 block of North Main Street hotel, was obtained Wednesday based on evidence from a confidential source. Chacon at the time was also wanted on an active arrest warrant in another case.

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While executing the search warrant, agents allegedly found a handgun on the driver’s side floor board of the vehicle. The $673 and a clear bag containing a crystalline substance — that later tested positive for the presence of methamphetamine — were also found in the vehicle, according to court documents.

Chacon, according to court filings, has had a felony conviction in the last 10 years and is therefore prohibited from possessing a firearm.

Chaves County Magistrate Judge E.J. Fouratt Thursday set bond for Chacon at $5,000 cash or surety bond.

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

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