Detectives served a search warrant at 111 E. Summit St. around 9 a.m. Wednesday looking for stolen property and found much more than they were originally looking for.
The detectives found stolen property, a large amount of methamphetamine, along with numerous items used in the distribution of the drug, and five small children living in deplorable conditions, according to a press release from the Roswell Police Department.
Four arrests were made on the spot. Those arrested were all adults. Robert Paz was charged with trafficking methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia. Tuff Brazeal was charged with a failure to pay fines. Alex Sanchez was also charged with a failure to pay fines out of Municipal Court. Angela Rice was charged with failure to appear, failure to pay fines and failure to complete community service.
The charges against Brazeal, Sanchez and Rice were from outstanding warrants that hadn’t been served. They were the only warrants that were able to be issued at the time.
“The rest of it is in the works,” said Travis Holley, Roswell Police Department public information officer.
Detectives had developed enough information to obtain a search warrant looking for stolen property in connection with recent burglaries in the community. Brazeal was the suspect in the case that generated the search warrant. According to Holley, detectives are confident that the property they found will tie Brazeal to recent burglaries.
“It’s my understanding they (detectives) were successful (in finding the stolen property). They are looking at pursuing burglary warrants for Tuff Brazeal and another individual that was in the residence. They recognized him (Brazeal) off a surveillance video that they had, so there will be additional burglary warrants coming out of this,” he said.
Describing the house as disgustingly filthy, Holley said the five children found living in the home were turned over to the New Mexico Children Youth and Families Department. Holley did not specify the age ranges of the children or any medical conditions they may have. He said all the children will be drug tested.
“Between the deplorable conditions of the house and the presence of methamphetamine, all the adults in the house will be looking at child abuse charges,” Holley said. There were eight adults present in the house at the time of the search, according to Holley.
“This was a classic drug house. We’re still trying to sort out who lived there; if they all lived there,“ Holley said, adding, “It’s my understanding from talking to detectives that Robert Paz is the actual owner of house.”
Detectives were able to charge Paz on the spot with trafficking methamphetamine given the paraphernalia in conjunction with the amount of methamphetamine found. Holley did not specify the amount of methamphetamine found.
Holley expressed his thoughts regarding the conditions inside the residence, and said that regrettably they weren’t the worst he’s ever seen.
“You’d like to think that, and it’s not something you see all the time, but unfortunately when you have methamphetamine involved it’s very common,” He said. “The children are the true victims out of a deal like this. Nasty, filthy living conditions, stolen property, that all goes right along with methamphetamine and unfortunately it is not uncommon.”