Narcotics operation nets six arrests

CNJ staff

Local law enforcement arrested six Clovis residents following a narcotics operation that began Tuesday night, according to District Attorney Matt Chandler.

Officers seized approximately five pounds of marijuana, less than one ounce of methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia, Chandler said.

The seized methamphetamine has a street value of around $500 and the marijuana is valued around $4,000, Chandler said.

The arrests came after surveillance was conducted on a residence at 1310 East Seventh St. and at David’s Detail, an automotive shop at 1308 East Seventh St., a press release said.

Chandler said agents with the New Mexico State Police, Curry County Sheriff’s Department, Clovis Police Department and the district attorney’s office conducted the surveillance based on community tips that the locations had high traffic consistent with drug activity.

“(Officers received) multiple community tips that there were large amounts of traffic coming from the residence at all hours of the night,” Chandler said.

The drug charges range from second- to fourth-degree felonies and carry penalties ranging from 18 months to nine years imprisonment, Chandler said.

Arrested were:

Ethan Davis, 33, charged with possession of methamphetamine. No bond information was available from the Curry County Detention Center.

Shane May, 34, charged with possession of methamphetamine, trafficking methamphetamine, possession of marijuana and child abuse. Bonds total $41,500.

Joseph Banister, 33, charged with possession of methamphetamine. Bonds total $4,300.

Dennis Pate, 35, charged with resisting an officer and possession of methamphetamine. Adult Probation Office hold, no bond.

Leslie Owen, 48, charged with possession of methamphetamine and child abuse. Adult Probation Office hold, no bond, plus $475 previous bond.

Unidentified juvenile, charged with child abuse and possession of marijuana.

Police are seeking David Patrick, 31, on charges of possession of marijuana with intent to distribute and possession of drug paraphernalia.