The Chaves County Sheriff’s Office arrested three in connection with area burglaries. The subjects, Serena M. Escamilla, Jorge Umberto Zamora and Danielle Lucero were taken to the Chaves County Detention Center, Wednesday.
Escamilla, 28, and Zamora, 31, were charged with possession of a controlled substance (methamphetamines) with intent to distribute and receiving stolen property.
Lt. Britt Snyder said the arrests occurred after the CCSO served three search warrants on an apartment. The deputies discovered a number of items reported stolen in six separate burglaries, including copper, ammunition and several sets of identification papers.
During the first search, officials found a quantity of drugs and obtained a second warrant, after which the methamphetamines were confiscated. A third search warrant was later obtained for a .22 caliber rifle also located in the apartment.
Snyder reported that Zamora also was being charged as a felon in possession of a firearm. Lucero was charged with conspiracy to tamper with evidence.
“These are the kind of people who are a menace to society, deported aliens who came back illegally and convicted felons,” said Snyder. “As long as they live here, they commit crimes.”
He said that they plan to file charges in federal court, working in conjunction with the ATF. “The federal sentences are longer. These are state charges now. … They don’t go away unless the feds pick up the case.”
Zamora and Escamilla remain at CCDC on $25,000 bond. Lucero has a $5,000 cash or surety bond.