Category: Courts

Battery call results in seizure of 17 marijuana plants in Montezuma

Battery call results in seizure of 17 marijuana plants in Montezuma

From the Las Vegas Optic San Miguel County Sheriff’s deputies located a suspected marijuana grow operation while attempting to arrest a man wanted for striking his girlfriend with a belt, according to court records. Ardell R. Cavitt, 53, of Montezuma, was arrested Oct. 10 and booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center on several…

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Pecos man accused of molesting 8-year-old girl

Pecos man accused of molesting 8-year-old girl

From the Las Vegas Optic A 26-year-old Pecos man has been arrested following accusations that he made inappropriate contact with an 8-year-old girl he was babysitting. Jacob M. Varela was booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center Tuesday morning on one count of criminal sexual contact with a minor, a second-degree felony.

Pecos man arrested a second time for violating restraining order

Pecos man arrested a second time for violating restraining order

From the Las Vegas Optic New Mexico State Police have arrested a man for violating a restraining order for the second time in five weeks. Police first arrested Bernie Lopez, 71, of Pecos, in early September, and charged him with aggravated stalking for violating a restraining order issued in April. Last week, Lopez was arrested…

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Man faces charges for firing shots at neighbor’s house

Man faces charges for firing shots at neighbor’s house

From the Las Vegas Optic A Pecos man fired multiple shots outside a neighbor’s home after his request to use the bathroom was denied, according to a criminal complaint filed in San Miguel Magistrate Court. Maurice L. Hilborn, 72, of Pecos, was booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center early Monday morning after being…

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One man dead in Mora double shooting

One man dead in Mora double shooting

From the Las Vegas Optic New Mexico State Police are investigating a double shooting in Mora that left a man dead and sent another to the hospital. NMSP identified the man killed as Jermain R. Jennings of Rio Rancho, and according to a criminal complaint filed in Mora Magistrate Court, the man wounded was his…

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Police chief: No evidence of LVPD corruption

Police chief: No evidence of LVPD corruption

From the Las Vegas Optic The Drug Enforcement Administration spent more than a year building a case against Robert Corbin Padilla, an Albuquerque man federal authorities have charged with trafficking drugs into Las Vegas. But according to a DEA search warrant affidavit, agents feared someone within the Las Vegas Police Department was providing information about…

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July homicide drew FBI attention to Las Vegas

July homicide drew FBI attention to Las Vegas

From the Las Vegas Optic Agents and officers from several law enforcement agencies executed more than 20 search warrants on Sept. 19, raiding multiple homes and one business in Las Vegas. The raids were part of a federal investigation that began nearly five years ago, but recently-unsealed court documents reveal that Las Vegas wasn’t a…

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Several Las Vegans nabbed in federal drug trafficking investigation

Several Las Vegans nabbed in federal drug trafficking investigation

From the Las Vegas Optic Twelve homes and a bank in the Las Vegas area were raided last week as federal authorities executed search warrants targeting drug traffickers and a well-known New Mexico prison gang. At least nine people from Las Vegas have been charged with federal crimes. Those arrested in Las Vegas following the…

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