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Man pleads not guilty to drug trafficking charge

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A man allegedly found with nearly 18 grams of methamphetamine in his bedroom during a search of his home by police has pleaded not guilty to a drug trafficking charge.

Timothy Wyatt, deputy district attorney and prosecutor in the case, confirmed Tuesday that Anthony Gallegos, 40, of Roswell, waived a formal reading of charges and pleaded not guilty to one count of trafficking a controlled substance, intent to distribute methamphetamine at his arraignment Monday in New Mexico’s 5th Judicial District Court.

Gallegos, according to court records, was charged after agents with the Chaves County Metro Narcotics Task Force discovered 17.9 grams of methamphetamine inside his bedroom on April 27 while executing a search warrant on his 700 block of West Third Street home.

When agents came to conduct a search of the residence that day at 10:12 a.m., they encountered Gallegos outside. Court documents state he then admitted to agents that he had “less than an ounce of methamphetamine” in his bedroom.

When agents searched the bedroom they found a white crystalline substance inside a drawer. The substance, according to court records, later tested positive for the presence of methamphetamine.

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During the search, two digital radios and a digital scale were found in the house. A cellphone and cash in the amount of $303 were also reportedly found 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.

Gallegos was released in May when Judge E.J. Fouratt set his bond at $1,000 cash or surety. A jury trial on the matter is set for the week of November 9, Wyatt said.

Franz Von Hoffman, Gallegos’ attorney, did not return calls for comment before press time.

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