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(Photo Courtesy Pecos Valley Drug Task Force)

(Photo Courtesy Pecos Valley Drug Task Force)

(Photo Courtesy Pecos Valley Drug Task Force)

(Photo Courtesy Pecos Valley Drug Task Force)

An investigation by narcotics agents with the Pecos Valley Drug Task Force (PVDTF) has resulted in felony charges against an Artesia man.

The PVDTF conducted the investigation Friday at a residence on Roselawn Avenue after receiving information from an Artesia Police Department school resource officer concerning a juvenile caught attempting to sell marijuana at school.

It was discovered the juvenile had entered the homeowner’s backyard without his knowledge, removed marijuana from the plants growing there, and taken the drug to school for attempted sale.

Upon arrival at the residence, agents were able to locate approximately 30 marijuana plants and approximately three pounds of marijuana in Ziploc bags. The plants in the backyard of the home were observed to range in height from six feet to six inches.

Agents were able to make contact with the homeowner, who was observed at one point tending to the plants. He now faces felony charges for the possession and cultivation of marijuana plants.

“Marijuana is one of the most widely-abused drugs by children, and this incident shows how one violation of the law can lead to drugs getting into the hands of our youth,” the PVDTF stated in a release.

Anyone with information pertaining to this investigation or any other drug-related incident is asked to contact the PVDTF at 575-887-5194 or, anonymously, Crimestoppers of Eddy County. Crimestoppers may be reached at 575-887-1888; by texting code word StopACrime plus the tip to CRIMES (274637); or through the Tipsoft link at cityofcarlsbadnm.com/police.cfm. Tips made to Crimestoppers may result in rewards of up to $1,000.