Friday, April 30, 2010

Lemitar Man Faces Three Drug Charges

By John Larson

LEMITAR – A Lemitar man, Melicio Gonzales, 26, was arrested Friday, Apr. 23, on three drug related charges at his home in Lemitar.
Socorro Sheriff’s deputy Chris Pino said a search warrant was executed at 7:45 a.m. on Gonzales’ residence following a series of controlled buys by undercover narcotics officers.
Gonzales was given a copy of the search warrant, handcuffed, and placed in a Socorro County Sheriff’s unit during the search.
According to the criminal complaint filed in Magistrate Court Tuesday, Apr. 27, there was a female, Roberta Gonzales and two minor children in the residence at the time.
Pino said he was assisted by Sheriff Phillip Montoya, Chief Deputy Shorty Vaiza, and deputies James Nance and William Armijo. Officers from the Socorro Police Department also assisted.
During the search of the kitchen, Vaiza found cocaine inside a Budweiser beer can with a false top, and marijuana and rolling papers on the kitchen table.
While searching the dining room Socorro police officer Brandy Perkins found three baggies of marijuana inside a flower vase, and two more baggies of marijuana on top of a shelf.
Socorro police Detective Rocky Fernandez found more marijuana in a baggie in the refrigerator.
All baggies were individually wrapped and appeared to be packaged for sale, the complaint said.
While searching the garage Lt. Louie Chavez found inside a paint can another baggie containing a white powdery substance. It was field tested and tested positive for cocaine. Also in the garage Socorro police Detective Richard Lopez found a digital scale – the type commonly used to weight narcotics - which had a white powdery residue, plus a larger scale.
State Police Agent Nathan Barton found two counterfeit five dollar bills in the master bedroom.
Vaiza also found several different car titles in a wall safe behind a mirror in the bathroom.
The complaint stated there were 12 different types of firearms in the home, which were collected from the residence for further investigation.
“It’s normal procedure in an investigation like this to check to see if the firearms were stolen,” Pino said.
Gonzales was arrested and charged with trafficking cocaine (2nd degree felony), distribution of marijuana (4th degree felony), and possession of drug paraphernalia (misdemeanor). He is scheduled to appear in Magistrate Court on May 10 at 1 p.m.

Picture: Deputy Chris Pino displays some of the drugs seized at a Lemitar home last week.

Photo by John Larson

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