Drug busts yield ‘ancient remnants’

January 19, 2013 • Local News

Law enforcement officers discovered a treasure trove of artifacts — described as cultural items and “ancient remnants” — during a drug bust, Friday. RPD spokeswoman Sabrina Morales said the items included some historic documents and old Bibles, some dating back to the [auth] 1800s.

The historical find resulted when agents from the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, and the Chaves County Metro Narcotics Task Force executed two federal search warrants in the 1200 block of West 11th Street and on Del Norte Drive.

Officials found multiple firearms and methamphetamine. Five individuals were arrested: Ralph Pichardo, 31; Rosendo Pichardo, 33; Joe Rodriguez. 34; Mechlia Salazar, 29; and Adan Horton, 58. The Pichardo brothers and Horton will be prosecuted on Federal charges. Rodriguez and Mechlia are facing felony charges.

A mystery remains. The Roswell Police Department is actively searching for the owner of the historical items. The owner is asked to contact the RPD at 624-6770.

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