Espanola Man Pleads Guilty to Violating Federal Narcotics Trafficking Laws

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Federal courthouse in Albuquerque, Courtesy image Espanola Man Pleads Guilty to Violating Federal Narcotics Trafficking Laws Defendant Prosecuted as Part of HOPE Initiative which Seeks to Reduce the Number of Opioid-Related Deaths in New Mexico ALBUQUERQUE – Matthew Martinez, 38, of Espanola, N.M., pleaded guilty Friday in federal court in Albuquerque, N.M., to a heroin […]

HOY May Not See “Mañana” – County To Operate Detox Facility Itself

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HOY May Not See “Mañana” – County To Operate Detox Facility Itself By Robert A. Naranjo Española – At the Jan. 26 Rio Arriba County Commission meeting commissioners made the decision to take over operations of the county owned drug treatment facility in Lyden. The facility is currently administered by the non-profit organization “Hoy”, under […]

Heroin Bust Removes Dealer From Streets

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Heroin use is a growing epidemic nationwide and the Espanola Valley remains a major battleground in the fight to stop it. On Wednesday, Jan. 13 Espanola Police Detectives Eric Gallant and George Martinez were able to put a stop to one dealer when they arrested Fernando J. Trujillo Jr. (24) for dealing heroin…

State Police In Rio Arriba, Taos To Be Equipped With Naloxone To Reverse Opioid Overdose

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State Police In Rio Arriba, Taos To Carry Naloxone To Reverse Opioid Overdose Beginning this month, New Mexico State Police (NMSP) patrol officers in Rio Arriba and Taos counties will be issued naloxone kits for use in treating subjects suspected of suffering from heroin or other opiate overdoses.  Most commonly distributed under the brand name […]

County “Town Hall” Meeting At Hoy Recovery Center In Velarde

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On Wednesday, May 13 the Rio Arriba County Commission held a town hall meeting at the Hoy substance abuse treatment facility in Velarde to allow the public to see the county owned treatment facilities and learn more about substance abuse treatment resources. County planners also hoped to facilitate a discussion on how the stakeholders in the community can better collaborate in addressing the drug and alcohol abuse problems in the community. Read more about this event HERE

Española Council honors Community Groups Working To Provide Drug & Alcohol Free Activities

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Pictured here attending the proclamation presentation Tuesday from left to right are adult mentor Felice Gurule, Ricky Sandoval, 14 year-old, David Velasquez, 8 year-old, and Consuelo Quintana, 14 year-old. Española Council honors Community Groups Working To Provide Drug & Alcohol Free Activities ESPAÑOLA – On Tuesday April 14th the city of Española Council honored all […]

500 Participate In 14th Annual “Drug Walk”

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Image above of Efren Sanchez, walk organizer during the walk to Valdez Park. VDP Photo 500 Participate In 14th Annual “Drug Walk” ESPAÑOLA – Early Saturday morning over 500 individuals of all ages from throughout the valley and beyond gathered outside the Catholic Church in Ohkay Owingeh to begin a 5.8 mile walk to Valdez Park […]