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Woman in possession of meth arrested June 20

By Sarah von Sternberg

On June 20, Hazel Bucholz, 18, of Jemez Springs was arrested for possession of a controlled substance and drug paraphernalia while riding along Jemez Road in a stolen car.

According to the statement of probable cause, Los Alamos Police Department Corporal Jemuel Montoya was dispatched to a report of a vehicle that was taken by a juvenile driver under the influence of drugs.

Montoya encountered the car heading southbound on Jemez Road and after pulling over the car, proceeded to arrest the driver.

Montoya asked all the passengers to get out so the car could be returned to its owner, which is when Montoya came upon Bucholz.

“I asked Ms. Bucholz if she had any items on her person that I needed to be aware of,” said Montoya.

Bucholz replied, “I have some needles in my bag.” Montoya asked if she had a card that allowed her to carry hypodermic needles to which she responded, “No.”

When Montoya asked for them, “Ms. Bucholz removed a sunglasses case that contained hypodermic needles, one being loaded with clear liquid and a plastic box that contained an unknown crystal substance believed to be methamphetamine,” stated the police report.

Bucholz was then placed into handcuffs and transported to the Los Alamos Detention Center.

Drug Trafficking

I find the article on the Drug Trafficking arrests misleading with the inclusion of the specific charges and mug shots.  Two of the people weren't charged with anything having to do with drugs, according to the charges.  To include their information in this article is, in my opinion, misleading and unfair to them.  Unless people carefully read the charges associated with each person carefully, they will be lumped in with those who did have drug-related charges.  That's a very sad thing, and it gives me pause to think once again, that the Monitor is interested in sensationalism and that information published is misleading.  I understand readership has declined...please be more responsible in your reporting.  Ruining reputations in a small town as ours by including this misleading information is inexcusable.

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4 face charges in NM meth bust

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — State and federal authorities say four people are facing charges following a two-month investigation into a drug trafficking ring.

Authorities with a regional drug enforcement task force say large amounts of methamphetamine were being trafficked in Bernalillo and Santa Fe counties.

This week's bust netted officers almost a pound of meth that was valued at $12,000, along with an ounce of cocaine, two stolen handguns and more than $4,200 in cash.

The investigation also turned up evidence related to several property crime cases in Santa Fe.

Authorities identified those facing charges as 38-year-old Christopher Candelaria of Albuquerque and Santa Fe residents 34-year-old Regina Cole, 30-year-old Justin Jameson and 31-year-old Angelo Rotunno.

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Missouri fugitive nabbed in Los Alamos

By Tris DeRoma

Rowena MacDonald, 46, a woman wanted on numerous charges for methamphetamine dealing and manufacturing in St Louis County, Mo.,  was picked up by law enforcement at noon Thursday, the Los Alamos Police Department said Friday.

MacDonald was detained on warrants out of Missouri, according to LAPD Commander Randy Foster.

The warrants were issued in connection with her alleged activities dealing meth in Missouri.

The original charges were possession of a controlled substance, distributing a controlled substance after admitting to using meth and allowing others to manufacture the drug at her home, according to authorities.

Court documents, according to the St. Louis Post Dispatch, said that MacDonald allowed others to cook and make meth at her Missouri home. The newspaper also reported that MacDonald bought pseudoephedrine 25 times in St. Louis County from 2010 to 2012.

“Los Alamos contacted us,” St. Louis County Police spokesman George Vaughn said. “And we have her on our wanted list. We are going to send our fugitive team out to get her and bring her back.”

Foster said MacDonald  was picked up by Sgt. Chris Valdez from New Mexico State Police around noon Thursday and taken to the Los Alamos Detention Center where she was still being held.

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Police: NM mother stabs son while high on meth

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Albuquerque police say a mother was high on meth when she stabbed her 8-year-old son early Friday.

Albuquerque television station KRQE reports that police arrived at an apartment complex on the city's northwest side to find the boy at a neighbor's home. He was bleeding from his neck.

The boy is in stable condition. His injuries aren't life threatening.

Police say the mother, 31-year-old Liesha Henderson, told officers she had being doing methamphetamines earlier. Police described her as combative and "very out of it."

Charges against Henderson are pending.

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AP IMPACT: Meth flourishes despite tracking laws

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Electronic systems that track sales of the cold medicine used to make methamphetamine have failed to curb the drug trade and instead created a vast, highly lucrative market for profiteers to buy over-the-counter pills and sell them to meth producers at a huge markup.

An Associated Press review of federal data shows that the lure of such easy money has drawn thousands of new people into the methamphetamine underworld over the last few years.

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