Chaves County- On November 20, 2013, K-9 units along with uniform officers from Roswell District were conducting an interdiction operation in Chaves County NM. At approximately 9:35 am, a traffic stop was made on US 285, mile post 120 near Roswell NM, on a silver 2013 Hyundai four door rental car.
The driver Monica Villegas (21) and passenger Beverly Villegas (55) both of Santa Rosa, California advised officers they were traveling from Santa Rosa CA to San Antonio Texas. Both are related, mother and daughter.
During the course of the interaction, the officer detected the odor of raw marijuana coming from the vehicle. The investigation yielded 40.4 pounds of marijuana that was located in the trunk of the vehicle.
Both occupants were placed under arrest for Distribution of Marijuana and Conspiracy. They were booked into the Chaves County Detention Center without incident on a 50,000.00 bond for each defendant.
The New Mexico State Police is actively patrolling its rural communities to safeguard them from the illegal activities that are associated with the production, and distribution of illegal narcotics.
Contact: Sergeant Emmanuel Gutierrez