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Press Release: Narcotics Arrest of Jesus Loya

Release Date:   January 6, 2014

Incident Type: Tipsoft Lead Results In An Arrest For The Sale Of Synthetic Marijuana

Contact Person:  Steve Sanders, 575/763-9420

Clovis – January 6, 2014 – On Thursday, January 2, 2014, agents of the Region V Drug task force conducted a “buy bust” operation in the area of the 2800 blk of N. Prince Street.

Agents received information from a Tipsoft report where a male person was openly selling synthetic marijuana.  The tip indicated the suspect is an employee of the “Up in Smoke” shop located in the 200 blk of Prince Street.

The agents made contact with the male and purchased a 5 gram bag of synthetic marijuana for $20.00.  The male was placed under arrest and indentified as Jesus Loya, 22 years old.  Mr. Loya is a resident of Clovis.

During the arrest, Mr. Loya was wearing his “Up in Smoke” employee shirt when he sold the synthetic marijuana to the agents.  The agents seized 70 grams of the synthetic marijuana from Mr. Loya during the contact.

The agents also learned the “Up in Smoke” shop stopped selling the synthetic marijuana about two weeks earlier when the new ordinance prohibiting the sell of the synthetic marijuana was passed.  So, Mr. Loya admitted he was selling the drug on the street.  Mr. Loya was also in possession of suspected methamphetamine and cocaine.  Currently, the “Up in Smoke” shop is no longer in business.

Mr. Loya was transported to the Curry County Detention Center where he was charged with Possession with the intent to traffic.

A photo of Mr. Loya is attached with this release.  No other information is available at this time.

 

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Press Release: Several Arrested for Recent Burglaries

Release Date:  06/27/2013

Incident Type: Several subjects arrested for burglaries in Clovis over the past few days

Contact Person:  Lt. James Schoeffel, (575) 763-9408

The Clovis Police Department Patrol and Special Operations Unit have been busy arresting burglars over the past couple of weeks.

On Sunday, 06/16/2013, at about 1:00 am in the morning a Clovis Police Officer on patrol observed a male subject, Quinn Ransom, 47 years of age, breaking into a vehicle at No Hassle Auto, 1800 block of W. 7th St. The investigation lead to Ransom being charges with four counts of Auto Burglary, two counts of Larceny, seven counts of Criminal Damage, three counts of Attempted Auto Burglary, and Possession of Burglary Tools. Ransom was booked in to the Curry County Adult Detention Center.

On Sunday, 06/23/2013, at about 4:30 am in the morning Officers with the Clovis Police Department responded to a suspicious subject call in the area of the 1700 block of Imperial Court. When the Officers arrived in the area two 15 year old juvenile males were located on bicycles. The two subjects admitted to three Auto Burglaries and the theft of the two bicycles. Two of the Burglaries were in the 1700 block of Imperial Ct. and the third was on Winsor Way. They admitted taking the bicycles from the 3200 block of Gidding St. The two juveniles were booked in to the Curry County Juvenile Detention Center.

On Wednesday, 06/26/2013, at about 4:00 am in the morning Officers with the Clovis Police Department responded to the Clovis Christian School in the 900 block of Calhoun for a possible Burglary in progress. The investigation lead to the arrest of two male subjects. Lonnie Clark, 23 years of age, was charged with Commercial Burglary, Conspiracy to commit Burglary, Larceny, and Criminal Damage. Lorenzo Medina, 36 years of age, was charged with Commercial Burglary, Conspiracy to commit Burglary, Larceny, Criminal Damage, and Retaining Stolen Property. Both men were booked in to the Curry County Adult Detention Center.

On Wednesday, 06/26/2013, at about 9:00 pm in the evening Officers with the Clovis Police Department were dispatched to Clovis Cycle and RV in the 400 block of East First St. for an alarm activation.  Upon arrival Officers witnessed a male scaling a chain link fence and take off running.  The Officers apprehended the suspect identified as Fabian Martinez, 19 years of age.  Martinez was charged with Commercial Burglary, Possession of Burglary Tools, Possession of Methamphetamine, Criminal Damage, and Resisting/Evading/or Obstructing an Officer.

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Last Updated ( Thursday, 27 June 2013 11:24 )
 
Press Release: Ruben Hernandez Captured

Release Date:   June 12, 2013

Incident Type: Capture of Ruben Hernandez

Contact Person: Steve Sanders, Chief of Police, (575) 763-9416

Clovis – June 12, 2013 – On Tuesday, June 11, 2013, at approximately 10:47 AM, the Clovis Police Department was notified of an escape of a County Detention Inmate from the Clovis Municipal Court.

The escapee identified as Ruben Hernandez, DOB: 5/21/1973.  At approximately 12:30 AM, officers received information Mr. Hernandez was in a residence in the 300 blk of Delores.  Officers made contact with the residents and received permission to search the residence.

Mr. Hernandez was located inside the living room where he was taken into custody without incident or struggle.  Mr. Hernandez was later transported back to the Curry County Detention Center for booking on the outstanding escape warrant.

This investigation is on-going at this point.  No other information is available at this time.

 

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Last Updated ( Wednesday, 12 June 2013 07:28 )
 
Press Release: Improvised Explosive Pipe Bomb Found

 

Release Date: 05/14/2013

Incident Type: Improvised Explosive Pipe Bomb Device Found Near City of Clovis Landfill Entrance On East Brady Avenue

Contact Person:  Captain Patrick Whitney, (575) 763-9436

Clovis – May 14, 2013 – On Tuesday, May 14, 2013, at approximately 8:00 am Clovis Police were dispatched to the 2800 block of East Brady Avenue adjacent to the City of Clovis Regional Landfill in reference to a possible pipe bomb device located by a city work crew near a water main valve.

Clovis Police contacted the New Mexico State Police Explosive Ordinance Division through the local District Office of the New Mexico State Police upon verification of a possible explosive device being on scene. The Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives were also contacted. The New Mexico State Police EOD interrupted the device on site. Nobody was injured. The device was similar to two other devices discovered in the Clovis area since January 2013 consisting of a metal pipe wrapped in tape with a fuse at one end cap loaded with explosive powder and metal shrapnel materials.

The investigation has been turned over to the New Mexico State Police EOD and the Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives that have jurisdiction and investigative expertise in these types of cases. The other two cases this year were also referred to the Federal ATF Agency out of Albuquerque, NM.

Any questions about any on-going investigations into these pipe bombs found in the Clovis area should be made to the New Mexico State Police EOD or the Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives Office out of Albuquerque, NM.

 

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 22 May 2013 13:58 )
 
Press Release: Fatal Traffic Accident - Norris St. & Mabry Drive

 

Release Date:   April 21, 2013

Incident Type: Fatal Traffic Accident - Norris Street and Mabry Drive

Contact Person: Steve Sanders, Chief of Police, (575) 763-9416

Clovis – April 21, 2013 – On Saturday, April 20, 2013, at approximately 11:30 PM, the Clovis Police Department responded to the intersection of Norris Street and Mabry Drive on a report of a semi tractor trailer versus an automobile collision.

Upon arriving on the scene, officers located a silver in color 2003 Ford Mustang south of the intersection.  The vehicle sheared a rail road crossing arm and mount, along with a speed limit sign before coming to rest in the 400 block of south Norris.

Independent witnesses to the collision stated the silver Mustang was travelling at a high rate of speed, south on Norris Street crossing at the intersection of Mabry Drive.  The semi-tractor trailer was travelling west on Mabry Drive.  Witnesses indicated the East/West traffic had the right of way with a green traffic control light.  Therefore, the preliminary cause of the collision is a failure to stop for the steady red-light for the driver of the Mustang.

The driver of the silver Mustang was ejected from the vehicle.  As a result, the male driver did not survive the injuries he sustained and was pronounced dead on the scene by fire\rescue personnel.  There were no other passengers in the Mustang vehicle.

The deceased is identified as Enrique Tomas Zuniga. A dairy farm worker from California.  Mr. Zuniga's family has been notified of the accident.

The driver of the semi-tractor trailer was transported to Plains Regional Medical Center.  Although uninjured, the semi driver submitted to a routine blood draw because of the nature of the crash.

The use of alcohol and drugs are suspected to be a contributing cause to the collision as unopened cans of beer and paraphernalia used in the consumption of controlled substances were found in the silver Mustang.

The crash investigation is being conducted by the Clovis Police Department's Major Crash Team and the investigation is continuing.

There is no other information available at this time.

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Last Updated ( Monday, 22 April 2013 07:27 )
 
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