A Hobbs man with ties to Cibola County was arrested on a warrant Sunday for multiple charges after the Lea County Drug Task Force seized more than $27,000 worth of methamphetamine from his RV in February.
Moises Martinez, Jr., 42, was charged with trafficking a controlled substance (methamphetamine), a second-degree felony; possession of a firearm by a felon, a fourth-degree felony; possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of anabolic steroids, both misdemeanors.
The arrest took place at the police department and Martinez was booked at the Hobbs City Jail. The Hobbs Magistrate Court set a $32,000 bond.
According to the criminal complaint filed May 26, LCDTF agents learned mid-February that Martinez was allegedly selling methamphetamine from an RV at the 900 block of Santa Fe Trail. Agents began an investigation and obtained a search warrant Feb. 19 for the RV and located several illicit substances from within. Agents also got copies of rent receipts from Martinez for the RV.
The complaint states agents found Martinez’s driver’s license, six bags containing varying amounts of a crystalline substance, two scales, .38-caliber revolver and .45-caliber semi automatic pistol and three containers of anabolic steroids inside the RV. The substances weighed a total of 270.5 grams or 9.5 ounces and tested positive for methamphetamine. The methamphetamine has a street value of about $27,050, while the steroids had a value around $210.
LCDTF Commander Byron Wester said Martinez turned himself in and the task force had been working on the investigation for a while.
“It lasted probably a month or so on this gentleman and his organization,” he said. “Obviously, with that amount of methamphetamine, he’s trafficking a large amount of meth within the county. That search warrant and that arrest was definitely a significant hit to his organization by getting that much meth. Along with the fact that he had firearms and some other substances in there as well.”
Wester said it’s not uncommon for the task force to come across anabolic steroids, but it’s not an everyday occurrence.