Area law makes Tucumcari drug bust

TV Hagenah

The New Mexico State Police Narcotics Section, working in conjunction with the Tucumcari Police Department, finished a three month operation in Tucumcari and Quay County on Wednesday, Jan. 28 targeting drugs and arrested 11 individuals involved.

According to State police Lt. Nathan Wallace on Wednesday, Jan. 28, members of law enforcement agencies within Quay County “executed” felony arrest warrants on 20 different suspects in Tucumcari.

As of press time 11 individuals had been taken into custody and warrants were still out on the remaining nine.

Wallace stated the operation primarily targeted street-level to community upper-level traffickers or distributors of various types of illicit narcotics, including such things as crack cocaine, methamphetamine, marijuana, cocaine and heroin.

“We want to send a message to everyone involved with illegal drugs,” said New Mexico State Police Major Daniel Lopez, “that we are coming after them. We take this very seriously and we are going to keep after those people who have any contact with these drugs.”

Wallace said the operation was initiated by the New Mexico State Police Narcotics Section with cooperation and assistance from a number of different area law-enforcement agencies including: the New Mexico State Police Uniform Division, New Mexico State Police Criminal Investigations Section, Tucumcari Police Department, Quay County Sheriff’s Department and the Tenth Judicial District Attorney’s Office.

“The operation was an excellent example of joint participation between law enforcement agencies working together to impact narcotics traffickers and distributors in Quay County,” stated Wallace. “The residents of Quay County can be assured the New Mexico State Police and the respective assisting agencies are genuinely concerned and are striving to improve the quality of life in the community by decreasing the availability of illicit narcotics.”

Lopez said he agrees “completely” with Wallace about eliminating drugs from the Tucumcari area.
“Drugs are everywhere these days,” said Lopez. “Unfortunately, they are in Tucumcari, too. That means we have to do things like this and we will continue to do things like this. We want the people involved with drugs to know we are coming after them.”

Among those taken into custody under the warrants were: Chris Garza, 39, of Tucumcari, for Accessory to trafficking of a controlled substance (cocaine), Mark Madrid, 26, of Tucumcari for accessory to distribution of a controlled substance (methamphetamine, Henry Chacon, 57, of Tucumcari for trafficking of a controlled substance (cocaine), Larae Dorman, 34, of Tucumcari for distribution of a controlled substance (marijuana and methamphetamine), Roseann Chaparro, 44, of Tucumcari for trafficking of a controlled substance (cocaine) and accessory to distribution of a controlled substance (marijuana), Alice Mills, 39, of Tucumcari for accessory to trafficking of a controlled substance (cocaine) and Jared Smith, 26, of Tucumcari for distribution of a controlled substance (methamphetamine).