Local Roundup: Police bust two meth labs

By CNJ staff

Police shut down two methamphetamine labs last week and made one arrest, according to a press release from Clovis Police.

Searches conducted by agents from the Region V Drug Task Force on two Clovis homes revealed items used in manufacturing methamphetamine, the release said.
John King, 39, of 1309 North Lea St., was arrested Nov. 29. A 49-year-old man who resides at the second home has not been located, according to the release. A warrant has been issued for his arrest.

Lt. Patrick Whitney of the Clovis Police Department said the labs were capable of producing small amounts of meth for personal use and distribution.

Police received information one of the suspects had been siphoning anhydrous ammonia, used in meth production, from a local fertilizer company and manufacturing meth on county roads, the release said.

Whitney said the two are the first lab busts in the city this year. Two meth labs were shut down in 2005 by Clovis police, he said.

Men robbed in homeat gunpoint
Armed intruders entered a home Monday morning and robbed two Clovis men at gunpoint, according to police reports.

One of the men at 1000 Ross St. said a masked man entered his room around 3 a.m. while he was sleeping, pointed a gun at him and struck him in the head with an ashtray, the report said.

The other resident said two men carrying handguns came into his room and demanded money. He told police they went through his dresser and took $6,000 in cash, the report said.

Police said the victims told an officer they were not “rats” and said they would not testify if charges were filed.

Lt. Patrick Whitney of the Clovis Police Department said it appears the individuals knew one another and the circumstances are suspicious.
The case is being investigated as an aggravated burglary, aggravated battery and robbery, Whitney said.

United Way reaches 77 percent of goal
United Way of Eastern New Mexico is climbing toward its annual campaign goal, according to a United Way of Eastern New Mexico press release.

The United Way branch has fulfilled roughly 77 percent of its campaign goal of $525,000. As of Monday, individuals, business owners, and corporations had donated or pledged $403,103 to the branch, the release shows.

To date in Curry County, $348,439 has been raised. The goal is to raise $455,000 in the county. To date in Roosevelt County, $54,610 has been raised. The goal is $70,000.

Donations help families in Roosevelt and Curry counties in four major areas: Crisis intervention, strengthening youth and families, increasing self-sufficiency, and linking citizens to work, the release said.