Los Alamos police confiscated these marijuana plants Wednesday in the Denver Steels neighborhood. Courtesy/LAPD
On the evening of Wednesday, March 18, the Los Alamos Police Department’s Patrol Shift led by Sgt. Monica Salazar-Casias executed a search warrant in the Denver Steels neighborhood.
The patrol shift investigated the illegal growing of marijuana plants without an official license from the New Mexico Department of Health. The team was able to eradicate 43 separate growing marijuana plants, yielding 12 pounds of “green” growing marijuana as well as more than 5 oz. of dried marijuana.
After the seizure, the team placed one man in custody, 67-year-old Roy Moore of Los Alamos, for the following charges:
- Distribution of a controlled substance;
- Possession of a controlled substance; and
- Possession of drug paraphernalia.
LAPD Cmdr. Oliver Morris said that this marks the 28th drug related arrest conducted by his department since the beginning of 2015. The Los Alamos Police Department has made a strenuous effort to combat the illegal possession, trafficking and manufacturing of illegal narcotics by allocating more resources and training into this particular community issue, he said.
“Our department makes it a point to continually share information between our Patrol Shifts, Investigations Section, School Resource Officers, Detention Facility, Courts and Probation Office that is all within our Justice Center to address crime in our community,” Morris said. “The Los Alamos Police Department is taking a systematic approach to the larger issue of the drug problem in our community. While arrests, current investigative techniques and equipment are important to spearhead the drug issue that is in our community, it is also important to continue to educate our community and youth. The Police Department has future programs planned through our School Resource Officers, outreach to UNM-LA, local charitable organizations and public forums to ensure it assists our community policing model to addressing crime in our community.”
Call Los Alamos Crime Stoppers at 505.662.8282 to report any illegal activity or address community concerns or visit https://www.losalamosnm.us/police/Pages/CrimeTips.aspx to submit a crime tip.