Operation Spring Cleaning Defendants Face Judge

COURT News:

Seven people arrested Tuesday morning during Operation Spring Cleaning, a drug sweep spearheaded by the Los Alamos Police Department, had their first appearances Thursday before Magistrate Judge Pat Casados.

All seven defendants were released on their own recognizance with conditions that include no firearms, no alcohol or drugs, urinalysis requirements, checking in with the probation officer, not being allowed to leave the state without contacting the court, and not being allowed any contact with victims or others involved in the case. All but one defendant told Casados they would need the services of a public defender and at Thursday’s hearing, Public Defender Michael Jones agreed to represent them as a friend of the court.

Several of the defendants had charges in addition to those announced Tuesday by LAPD after the multi-agency event, which recovered metamphetamine, marijuana, cocaine, acid, mushrooms, prescription pills and cash. Records for the operation have been sealed by Casados until Monday, April 27.

Personnel from New Mexico State Police, Department of Corrections and the US Drug Enforcement Agency assisted LAPD with manpower, drug-sniffing dogs and helicopter support during Tuesday’s local drug sweep. 

Several residences were affected by the search warrants which were the culmination of some four months of work by LAPD’s Criminal Investigation Unit.

Charges listed in court Thursday are as follows:

Nichole Marsh:

  • one count of trafficking in a controlled substance
  • two counts of possession of drug paraphernalia
  • two counts of possession of a controlled substance
  • three counts of possession of dangerous drugs

Kathy Gibbons:

  • one count of conspiracy to commit trafficking in a controlled substance
  • three counts of possession of a controlled substance
  • one count of use or possession of drug paraphernalia

Amanda Osborne:

  • two counts of trafficking in a controlled substance
  • four counts of possession of a controlled substance
  • one count of possession of drug paraphernalia

Nicholas Conner:

  • five counts of trafficking in a controlled substance
  • three counts of possession of a controlled substance
  • two counts of possession of drug paraphernalia

Allan Houle:

  • two counts of trafficking in a controlled substance
  • two counts of possession of drug paraphernalia
  • two counts of possession of dangerous drugs

Anthony Knief: 

  • originally charged with two counts of trafficking in a controlled substance
  • waived reading of charges in court by judge indicated he is facing 27 charges

Byron Henderson:

  • three counts of trafficking of trafficking in a controlled substance
  • one count of selling, disposing, possessing dangerous drugs – conditions for sale
  • one count of conspiracy to sell, dispose of, possess dangerous drugs – conditions for sale.

Anyone with information that can be linked to the individuals arrested or other criminal activity, can call the LAPD Investigation Division at 505.662.8222 or Crime Stoppers at 505.662.8282. Callers may remain anonymous.

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