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7:45am — Drug Busts Net 5 in Tularosa

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Three-month undercover narcotics sting winds up Tuesday with trafficking arrests.


Three men and one woman were arrested Tuesday on drug-trafficking charges following a three-month undercover narcotics buying operation conducted by the Tularosa Department of Public Safety, the Alamogordo Daily News reported.


Tularosa Detective Benny House told the Daily News that a fifth person had been arrested earlier on charges of distributing marijuana in a separate investigation.

Arrested Tuesday were Rafael Lucero, 48, charged with three countsof second-degree felony trafficking of a controlled substance; Michael Christopher, 58, three counts of second-degree trafficking, with additional counts pending; Richard Lucero, 47, two counts of second-degree trafficking a controlled substance; and Maria Lindsey, a/k/a Maria Pope, 42, one count of trafficking a gram of methamphetamine, the Daily News said.

House said Tularosa police had an undercover woman officer purchasing prescription drugs and methamphetamine, and the officer had bought methadone, oxycodone and hydrocodone pills at several locations in Tularosa, the Daily News said.

The earlier arrest announced Tuesday occurred on Aug. 16 when David Sida, 26, was charged with possessing 1.9 pounds of marijuana with intent to distribute and a misdemeanor charge of marijuana possession, the paper reported.

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