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Roswell man faces drug trafficking charge

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Local law enforcement arrested a man last week after he was allegedly found with 50.7 grams of methamphetamine in his pockets.

Nickolaus Gamboa-Gottlieb (Submitted Photo)

Nickolaus Gamboa-Gottlieb, 29, of Roswell was arrested by agents with the Chaves County Metro Narcotics Task Force June 8 in a parking lot in the 900 block of West 2nd Street, according to court records. He faces charges of trafficking controlled substances, methamphetamine; and possession, delivery and manufacture of drug paraphernalia, prohibited.

Court documents state agents learned from an informant Gottlieb “was in possession of a substantial amount of suspected methamphetamine within the past 72 hours of June 8, 2021.”

Task force agents on June 8 reportedly observed Gottlieb driving a maroon vehicle south on Union Avenue. They followed the vehicle as it pulled into a parking lot in the 900 block of West 2nd Street. Agents then initiated a traffic stop on the vehicle and extracted Gottlieb from the driver’s seat.

Court documents state Gottlieb said he had two bags of methamphetamine in his pockets. When searching Gottlieb, agents reportedly found one bag weighing a total of 21.2 grams in his right pants pocket. A second bag weighing a total of 29.5 grams was found in his left pants pocket.

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Agents also found a digital scale in his left pants pocket, with what was suspected to be residue from methamphetamine, as well as $293 in U.S. currency, according to court records. During a search of his vehicle, agents discovered a smoking device in the center console that Gottlieb said belonged to him. He also allegedly admitted to having a second smoking device in his backpack.

The suspected narcotics were seized and later tested positive for the presence of methamphetamine, according to court records.

Bond for Gottlieb was set at $5,000 cash or surety by Judge K.C. Rogers during an appearance June 9 in Chaves County Magistrate Court, according to court documents.

Electronic court records state that in March 2021 Gottlieb was charged with one count of resisting, evading and obstructing an officer and failure to have operating tail lights. In 2020, he pleaded guilty and paid $403 in fines on charges of driving without a license, no proof of insurance and improper display of registration plate.

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

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