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Man pleads not guilty to meth trafficking, possession charges


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A man allegedly found with 50.7 grams of methamphetamine has pleaded not guilty to drug trafficking and possession charges.

Nickolaus Gamboa Gottlieb (Submitted Photo)

Timothy Wyatt, deputy district attorney and prosecutor in the case, confirmed Wednesday that Nickolaus Gamboa Gottlieb, 29, entered a formal plea of not guilty Monday to one count each of trafficking controlled substances, methamphetamine, and possession of drug paraphernalia at his arraignment in New Mexico’s Fifth Judicial District Court in Chaves County.

Gottlieb was arrested June 8 by Chaves County Metro Narcotics Task Force agents, based on information supplied to agents by informants that Gottlieb had been in possession of a substantial amount of methamphetamine, court documents state.

Task Force agents arrested Gottlieb after observing him driving a maroon vehicle south on Union Avenue. According to court records, agents followed the vehicle before executing a traffic stop on it in a parking lot in the 200 block of West Second Street.

During the stop, court documents state, Gottlieb admitted to having two bags of methamphetamine in his pants pockets: one in his right pants pocket that was later found to weigh 21.2 grams and a second bag in his left pants pocket weighing 29.5 grams. Both reportedly tested positive for the presence of methamphetamine.

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In addition to the methamphetamine, a digital scale with what was believed to be residue from methamphetamine, as well as $293 in U.S. currency, were found in his left pants pocket.

According to court records, agents also discovered two smoking devices: one in the vehicle’s center console which Gottlieb reportedly said belonged to him and another in his backpack.

In June, Magistrate Judge E.J. Fouratt set Gottlieb’s bond at $5,000 cash or surety, which has since been posted.

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