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Photos taken by Sandoval County deputies during a recent marijuana bust in Placitas.

Crimes Against Children investigation results in major marijuana discovery

—Lieutenant Keith Elder, Sandoval County Sheriff’s Department

On October 9, 2014, before noon, Sandoval County Sheriff’s Detectives were investigating a Crimes Against Children case on Homesteads Road in Placitas. During the investigation, detectives discovered an elaborate marijuana grow inside the residence. As a result of the discovery, a search warrant was obtained for the house.

Upon executing the search warrant, deputies seized over six hundred marijuana plants at various stages of growth. In addition to the marijuana plant seizure, deputies took into evidence narcotics paraphernalia, currency, and other items related to narcotic trafficking. The value of the marijuana plants is estimated at about four hundred thousand dollars street value. Sheriff Doug Wood said that participation in the Region 1 narcotics task force and a heightened awareness by deputies in general has led to several recent major drug busts. “Illegal drug activity in Sandoval County will not be tolerated,” he said.

The thirty-six-year-old man and thirty-nine-year-old woman who resided in the home were charged with Trafficking a Controlled Substance and Contributing to the Delinquency of a Minor.


Sharing our blessings

—Nancy Hawks

Blessings Day is a community outreach project, in which those who are blessed share with those less fortunate. We are a nonprofit under the umbrella of St. Vincent de Paul Society at Our Lady of Sorrows Church. This is our fourteenth year coming together as a community to share our blessings. We are working with Las Placitas Presbyterian Church, Casa Rosa Food Bank, San Antonio Mission, Our Lady of Sorrows Church, Jardineros de Placitas, and many businesses. Jardineros helps us by purchasing turkeys at T&T Supermart in Bernalillo. T&T stores our turkeys until December 20.

We provide a box of food and a turkey for each of our 145 families. We will be providing an outfit of clothing and a toy for over 444 children.

On November 8 and 9, we will be distributing children’s names for outfits at the Las Placitas Presbyterian Church, San Antonio Mission, and Our Lady of Sorrows Church in Bernalillo. Also, starting on November 8, we will be putting up a Christmas tree at Our Lady of Sorrows Church filled with toy tags. Tags may be taken from the tree by those wishing to purchase a toy for one or more of our children. All gifts must be returned by December 8.

If you have time to help us wrap toys, we will be wrapping on December 13 and 14 at the San Antonio Mission from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Call Fran at 867-3077 or Nancy 771-4931 if you want to help.

This is the largest number of families we have had, and we will need lots of help from the community to help us provide blessings.


Bernalillo accepting coats for local kids

The Town of Bernalillo is conducting its Third Annual Coat Drive for Children. Donations of new and gently used coats can be dropped off at Bernalillo Town Hall, 255 S. Camino del Pueblo. The Town also sponsors an annual drive to collect school supplies for Bernalillo children who need them.

Mayor Jack Torres has cited both drives, and the generous responses, as great examples of the kind of caring community that they have in Bernalillo.


Goodwill opens Bernalillo store, services center

Goodwill Industries of New Mexico has brought its sales and services to Bernalillo in a newly built facility that celebrated its grand opening on October 16.

The ten-thousand-square-foot building will serve as a retail store, collection point for donations, and a center for nine of Goodwill’s training, job, and social service programs intended to aid workers, those needing skills to find work, veterans, seniors, and victims of traumatic brain injuries.

The store is located at 12021 Venada Plaza Drive, east of State Route 528, and south of the Bernalillo Walmart. It is open from 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., Monday through Saturday, and 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Sunday.

Additional information is available on the Goodwill New Mexico website at www.goodwillnm.org.

 
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