Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Child Abuse Probe Results in Drug Bust

By John Larson

A Socorro man has been arrested and charged with three felonies and two misdemeanors involving narcotics and controlled medication, following a report of suspected child abuse.
Anthony Carmona, 23, was arraigned in Magistrate Court on Nov. 15 for possession of methamphetamine, possession of medication without a prescription, possession of drug paraphernalia, and tampering with evidence.
The incident occurred at a residence on Honeysuckle Lane on Nov. 9, according to Socorro police detective Richard Lopez. Along with Lopez, called to the scene were Sgt. Rocky Fernandez and Officer Bobby Aragon, of the Socorro Police Department.
Lopez said that he was contacted by Children, Youth and Families Department, which informed him of the alleged child abuse.
According to the criminal complaint, Carmona and three other adults were around the property of the residence when officers arrived. “We were trying to establish whether child abuse had occurred, and were given permission to search the residence,” Lopez said.
Lopez wrote in the criminal complaint that he saw Anthony Carmona walk into the residence. Lopez walked in behind Carmona and saw him standing in front of a chest of drawers, and remove items from one of the chest of drawers and stick it into his pocket, Lopez wrote.
Lopez said he noticed the objects were plastic baggies and a ball of foil. He removed the plastic baggie and foil from Anthony’s pocket, and in doing so felt pill bottles in the pocket, Lopez said.
In one of the pill bottles was a green package with a substance which tested positive for methamphetamine, according to the complaint. Also in the bottles were several different types of pills, including 10 mg tablets of Watson and 50 mg tablets of Trazodone, the complaint stated, both of which are listed as Schedule II narcotics.
Carmona was later taken into police custody and transported to the Socorro County Detention Center.
During an interview with neighbors at the Honeysuckle Lane residence, Fernandez had learned that a woman in Lemitar was in possession of narcotics.
Fernandez located the woman, Justine Belmontez, in Lemitar. She was found to be in possession of three grams of cocaine, known as an “eightball” in drug vernacular, according to the complaint.
Belmontez was arraigned in Magistrate Court on Nov. 10 on one count of possession of cocaine and one count of possession of drug paraphernalia.
Her preliminary hearing is set for Dec. 2. Carmona’s preliminary hearing is scheduled for today (Nov. 24).
The child abuse report is still pending further investigation.

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