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Men charged for providing alcohol to minors

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Kelly Farrell
Two Hobbs men and a teen were arrested last weekend after they allegedly hosted a party at their residence where several minors drank alcoholic beverages.
Matthew Morando, 19, was charged with possession of cocaine and contributing to the delinquency of a minor, both fourth-degree felonies; and criminal failure to appear, a misdemeanor. Xavier Estrada, 18, was also charged with contributing to the delinquency of a minor. They were booked at the Hobbs City Jail.






According to the criminal complaint, Hobbs police responded July 16 around 5:40 a.m. to the 600 block of East Skelly after a fight was reported. A crowd outside the residence scattered upon police arrival, despite commands to stop, with some entering a home at the location. Two people, a third male juvenile and Morando, allegedly “ran away” from the officer and exited the home through a bedroom window. The complaint states the two jumped a fence before Morando surrendered and the juvenile kept running for a couple blocks before he was apprehended and charged with resisting, evading or obstructing an officer.
Morando and Estrada reportedly told police they lived at the Skelly residence and were placed under arrest. During his arrest, police found 0.2 grams of a substance that tested positive for cocaine in Morando’s pocket. The complaint also notes open cans of alcoholic drinks and an odor of marijuana was present at the home and the juveniles were released to their guardians. They told police the homeowners gave them the drinks.
Online court records indicate Morando and Estrada bonded out and are scheduled for July 27 preliminary examinations in Hobbs Magistrate Court.

Burkett Shaw
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