By Thomas Garcia
QCS Senior Writer
A joint investigation by local law enforcement agency has lead to the discovery of an operational methamphetamine lab, the arrest of four local residents, and the seizure of more than two ounces of meth, according to 10th Judicial District Attorney Tim Rose’s office.
On Saturday, Tucumcari Police Department, Quay County Sheriffs Office, New Mexico State Police and 10th Judicial District Attorney’s Investigation Division officers executed search warrants on residents and vehicles in Tucumcari and San Jon, resulting in the arrests and recovery of methamphetamine.
Rose said this kind of operation could not be successful without local law enforcement agencies working together and pooling their resources.
Gilbert A. Chacon, 38, of San Jon, and Danny McKinney, 53, Jamie Allman, 35, and Harley Langford, 36, all of Tucumcari, were arrested in connection the manufacturing and distribution of meth.
These searches and arrests are the result of months of continued investigation by a joint law enforcement task force aimed at combating the meth problem in Quay County, said Lorenzo Emillio, an investigator for Rose’s office.
According to a press release from the district attorney’s office:
• A search warrant was issued for the residence and vehicles of Allman and Langford in Tucumcari. The search of those properties revealed a large quantity of methamphetamine and other items indicative of meth trafficking. This resulted in the arrest of Allman, Langford and McKinney for possession and trafficking charges.
• The evidence and information gathered from the first search warrants lead to an additional search warrant being served at Chacon’s residence in San Jon and on a vehicle located between Tucumcari and San Jon on Route 66. Officers seized large amounts of meth and items related to trafficking during the search of the vehicle and residence.
• During the search of Chacon’s residence, officers found items related to an active process in progress of manufacturing meth.
Chacon, Allman and Langford were being held at the Quay County Detention Center as of Tuesday on bonds of $250,000 each. McKinney’s bond was $100,000.