Roswell central control employee among those arrested in investigation

A Roswell central control employee stands among the 12 people arrested in an investigation.

The probe centers on marijuana trafficking and money laundering in southeastern New Mexico and west Texas.

The DOJ says law enforcement took 46-year-old Arthur Luna into custody yesterday morning, charging him with possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, conspiracy, and aiding and abetting.

Law enforcement from all levels have contributed to this roundup, carrying out search warants at one residence in New Mexico and six in Texas.

Other arrests have taken place in El Paso and Lubbock.

The DOJ says it all began in October. Police identified an El Paso man as the ring leader of a drug transportation operation. This apparently brought marijuana from southwest Texas to Chaves County and Lubbock.

This investigation led police to two other operations that allegedly took pot from El Paso through Chaves and Eddy counties and to Lubbock.

The DOJ says the initial investigation led to 75 pounds of marijuana and $22,166 in cash.

During yesterday’s activity, law enforcement seized 40 pounds of marijuana and $70,000 in cash.

Additionally yesterday, authorities found 14 vehicles, including a motorcycle and an ATV. They also took 16 firearms, including one reported stolen.