WLVS employee charged with possession of meth

WLVS employee charged with possession of meth

From the Las Vegas Optic

A traffic stop resulted in a West Las Vegas Schools employee being arrested on charges of possessing methamphetamine and paraphernalia.

Orlando L. Lefebre, 40, of Las Vegas, was arrested Feb. 26 following a traffic stop on Seventh Street in Las Vegas. Lefebre is the program specialist for WLV’s Consolidated Federal Programs, according to the district’s website. Superintendent Chris Gutierrez did not respond to requests for comment about Lefebre’s employment status with the district.

Lefebre was stopped by a New Mexico State Police officer around 8 a.m. Feb. 26. The officer’s radar indicated Lefebre was driving 56 mph along a stretch of road zoned for 40 mph, according to a criminal complaint filed in San Miguel Magistrate Court.

During the traffic stop, Lefebre couldn’t locate his driver’s license or proof of insurance, according to the complaint. While he searched for the documents, the officer noticed a “small square piece” of tinfoil sticking out of Lefebre’s bag. Lefebre told the officer it was foil from a tortilla.

The officer requested permission to search Lefebre’s bag, and Lefebre gave the foil to the officer, who noted the foil had a black burn mark on it, according to the complaint. Inside the bag, the officer located a plastic bag containing methamphetamine, along with a small torch and other items commonly associated with narcotics use.

Lefebre was detained during an initial investigation, and declined the officer’s request to search the vehicle. Lefebre was later arrested for possession of the meth and paraphernalia, and his vehicle was impounded as officers awaited a search warrant. While in custody, Lefebre admitted to an addiction to meth and fentanyl, according to the criminal complaint.

Lefebre was cited for multiple traffic violations, and he was charged with felony possession of a controlled substance, along with a misdemeanor charge of possession of drug paraphernalia.

Lefebre was booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center Feb. 26. During a March 1 hearing, Judge Christian Montaño released Lefebre on his own recognizance, ordering him to a drug and alcohol assessment, and to adhere to a 7 p.m. curfew.

Judge Montaño has since recused himself from the case, and requested that another judge be appointed.

Lefebre is scheduled to appear in Magistrate Court on April 15 for a preliminary hearing.