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Man arrested on drug trafficking charge

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A Roswell man was arrested Thursday on a drug trafficking charge after methamphetamine allegedly was discovered in his residence.

On May 7 at midnight, 40-year-old Anthony Gallegos was arrested in the 3700 block of South Atkinson Avenue on one count of trafficking a controlled substance, possession with intent to distribute, methamphetamine, according to a Roswell Police Department online database.

Gallegos was arrested following execution of a District Court search warrant on his 700 block of West Third Street residence on April 27 by agents with the Chaves County Metro Narcotics Task Force, who reportedly found 17.9 grams of methamphetamine in his bedroom, electronic court records state.

Agents had executed the search warrant on the premises at 10:12 a.m., when they spotted Gallegos standing outside the residence. Agents made contact with him and cleared the residence without incident.

Gallegos, according to court documents, had told agents at the time that he had “less than half an ounce” of methamphetamine in his bedroom.

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When agents asked Gallegos if he was selling methamphetamine, court records state he allegedly told them that he was not selling the narcotics that were in his bedroom but that he does sell methamphetamine “every now and then.”

A white crystalline substance was found inside a drawer in Gallegos’ bedroom. The substance, according to court records, later tested positive for the presence of methamphetamine and was determined to weigh 17.9 grams.

During their search, agents also allegedly found two digital radios and a digital scale in the house, as well as $303 in cash and a cellphone on Gallegos’ person.

“Affiant knows through training and experience the amount of methamphetamine seized along with the U.S. currency is consistent with drug trafficking,” court documents state.

Judge E.J. Fouratt on Friday set bond for Gallegos at $1,000 cash or surety.

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

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