Escamilla, Zamora to face more charges

October 15, 2013 • Local News

The Chaves County Sheriff’s Office has added to the charges against Serena M. Escamilla, 28, and Jorge Umberto Zamora, 31. The two were recently arrested on charges of possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute and receiving stolen property, after deputies executed three search warrants at an apartment located in the 1300 block of East Alameda Street.

During the successive searches, deputies located items from six separate burglaries within Roswell city limits. Officials also [auth] found a quantity of drugs and a .22 caliber rifle.

Since that time, the investigating officer, Deputy Albert Padilla, has connected some items to two additional burglaries. Deputies later recovered a Briggs and Stratton FX18000 generator, valued at $800, that Zamora had stored elsewhere. Lt. Britt Snyder said they went through old reports and discovered one that listed the generator as stolen. The victim, who lives in the Midway area, was able to identify the generator as his.

Zamora also was charged with felon in possession of a firearm. Snyder said that Zamora was convicted of armed robbery, kidnapping and false imprisonment in 1999. The incident occurred in Clovis where he held up a Golden Corral. Snyder explained Zamora may face charges of failure to comply.

The amended warrant also includes the charge of possession of a controlled substance, an additional count of receiving stolen property and conspiracy to tamper with evidence.

Escamilla had the charge possession of drug paraphernalia added to her charges while Danielle Lucero had the original charges amended to conspiracy to tamper with evidence, attempted tampering with evidence and possession of drug paraphernalia. The amended warrants were served at Chaves County Detention Center.

Padilla said the investigation is ongoing and more charges may be made as officials are able to link the items to separate crimes.

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