Sheriff's office recovers guns, drugs, cash


ALAMOSA — On February 14 Alamosa County Sheriff Deputies N. Smith and P. Gilleland conducted a traffic stop in which methamphetamine was located and the driver was arrested. Information obtained from the driver was used to obtain a search warrant for a residence located on North Highway 17 in Alamosa County. 

During the search deputies from the Alamosa County Sheriff’s Office and officers from the Alamosa Police Department located a large amount of new and used drug paraphernalia such as scales, boxes of new glass pipes, burnt foil, new baggies for sale of narcotics and other items used in consumption of illegal drugs. More than $400 in cash, methamphetamine, prescription pills, 12 rifles, and seven pistols were also seized. Some of the firearms have been reported stolen. 

Vernon Mott, Lydia Punak, Maria Espinoza, and Santiago Martinez were arrested and charged with unlawful distribution of narcotics, distribution of drug paraphernalia, and possession of weapon by a previous offender.  Other charges are pending for the stolen firearms and on another subject located in the house during the search. 

Caption: Alamosa County Sheriff Deputies Smith and Gilleland display firearms, cash, drugs and drug paraphernalia confiscated on February 14./Photo courtesy of Alamosa SO