Kathy Porter Rodriguez
156 lbs of marijuana seized from a 96 Dodge Ram
(Deming) – Two Santa Fe residents were caught at the Columbus port of entry trying to smuggle nearly $125,000 worth of marijuana into New Mexico from Mexico.
The driver, 49-year-old Kathy Porter Rodriguez, and her passenger, 49-year-old Vernon Martinez, are facing federal drug smuggling charges in connection with the 156 pounds of marijuana seized from their 1996 Dodge Ram truck.
The marijuana was detected by a “Buster” density meter which showed high readings consistent with hidden contraband. The density meter was used after officers selected the vehicle for a secondary search because of a number of issues that arose during an initial conversation with the occupants.
An x-ray of the truck spotted anomalies in several locations, and the 139 marijuana-filled bundles were removed from hidden compartments in the quarter panels and rear wall of the
Acting Columbus port director Jose Robles said the arrests resulted from hard-working Customs and Border Protection officers and advanced technology.
(Deming) -- The Deming Education Association and Deming Public Schools held their combined annual
awards program Monday afternoon in the Deming Public Schools auditorium. This year's D-E-A Friend of Education is the Deming Rotary Club... Business Friend of Education is the La Fonda Restaurant... and Advocates of the Year are retiring teachers Peggy Bishop and Jouette Smith.
For Deming Public School awards... Administrator of the Year is Torres Elementary Principal Vicki
Chavez... District Support Staff Person the Year is Central Office Receptionist Janie Quinones... Professional Support Staff Person of the Year is Torres Elementary Counselor Debbie Vigil... Elementary Support Staff Person of the Year is Columbus Custodian David Garcia... and Secondary Support Staff Person of the Year is Deming Intermediate School Secretary Blanca Holguin.
A number of teachers, administrators and staff members were recognized for their years of service... including 40 years for Irene Riley... 35 years for Delia Turner... 30 years for Theresa Green... and 25 years for Estella Casas... Sylvia Galindo... Guillermina
Macias... Kakee McInturff... Linda Montano... Maria Del Carmen Porras... Debbie Robertson... Jerome Sandoval... Claudia Smith... Jouett Smith... Sylvia Verdugo... and Lucy Villegas.
Also, 25 people who will be retiring at the end of this school year were recognized for their contributions.