Latest news: 02-10-09
Children test positive for meth; mother held
Doña Ana County sheriff's deputies on Monday arrested a pregnant woman after her two children tested positive for methamphetamines.
Candice Holden, 25, of the 40 block of Gomez Road in Las Cruces, was arrested and charged with two counts of child abuse. Deputies said Holden's children, ages 2 and 3, tested positive for methamphetamines.
Holden was pregnant at the time of her arrest and has since given birth. She was not charged in connection with abuse of the then unborn child because there are no statutes that cover unborn children in New Mexico.
Draft bill aims to make child exposure to meth a felony
Twin Falls law enforcement authorities think it should be a felony crime when parents expose their children to methamphetamine.
Currently, exposing a child to meth use is charged as a misdemeanor crime, said Twin Falls Police Capt. Matt Hicks.
Draft legislation to stiffen the law was crafted by local authorities who said Rep. Sharon Block, R-Twin Falls, is on board. The drafted bill will probably change, though, before heading to lawmakers in Boise, Hicks confirmed.
Block did not return repeated phone calls and an e-mail message sent last week from the Times-News for this story.
Police seize drugs worth $250,000
PUNXSUTAWNEY - State police seized methamphetamine with an estimated street value of a quarter-million dollars at a Punxsutawney-area residence Monday.
Troopers from the Punxsutawney station seized the drugs and other items while serving a search warrant on the residence at 70 Marvin St., Bell Township. Arrested at the residence was Gene Rees, 61, police said.
Police said investigators executing the search warrant found approximately 1�½ pounds of crystal methamphetamine worth about $250,000 on the street. Also seized was $63,000 in currency, drug paraphernalia and nine guns.
Trooper Michael Boltz, a member of the vice unit at the Punxsutawney station, said he could not elaborate on what led police to the residence other than to say that officers first went there with an unrelated warrant, and then returned with the search warrant that resulted in the drug seizure.
Rees was arraigned before Magisterial District Judge Douglas Chambers in Punxsutawney on charges of possession of a controlled substance and possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance.
Rees was placed in the Jefferson County Jail in lieu of $400,000 straight bail. He is scheduled for a preliminary hearing Feb. 19.
Two bodies found in mobile home with meth lab
An investigation is underway to determine how two men died in a Prairie Grove mobile home. The bodies of Christopher Woodward, 27, and Carl Moore, 41, were found early Sunday night.
Authorities say a working lab for manufacturing methamphetamines was found inside the home.
A portable generator was found outside near an open window in the "on" position, but had run out of gas. Investigators suspect carbon monoxide poisoning might be what killed the men.
Their bodies will go to the State Crime Lab to determine an official cause of death.