Drug/Child Abuse Arrests

Alamogordo – Otero County authorities are holding two women and a man on drug and child abuse charges after authorities found drugs in an Alamogordo residence with young children present.

The Alamogordo Department of Public Safety executed a search warrant on a residence Thursday and arrested 24-year-old Maria Candelaria, 28-year-old Sarah Candelaria and 30-year-old Shafic Pena after police found methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia.

According to court records, six children were present between the ages and 1 and 7.

Officers said they found methamphetamine and smoking pipes in a bathroom and a bedroom of the residence.

All three are being held on a bond of $96,000.

According to records, Maria and Sarah Candelaria and Pena are scheduled to appear in Magistrate Court for a preliminary hearing Oct. 21.


Information from: Alamogordo Daily News,

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