On March 22,Bent County Sheriff's Office deputies completed two search warrants, based on credible leads, in the 1000 block of Moore Avenue in Las Animas

On March 22,Bent County Sheriff's Office deputies completed two search warrants, based on credible leads, in the 1000 block of Moore Avenue in Las Animas. Deputies completed the search warrant at the first residence and located approximately five ounces of methamphetamines (estimated street value of $14,000), and miscellaneous narcotic equipment. The person living at the property was not home at the time of the search. A warrant has been issued for Vincent Varela, 32, of Las Animas, for unlawful possession of schedule II substance, and unlawful distribution of a schedule II substance. At the second residence, deputies located prescription pills in small bags commonly used in selling drugs, methamphetamine residue, and an illegal weapon. Deputies arrested Joseph Rodriguez, 18, of Las Animas, for unlawful possession of a schedule II substance, unlawful possession of a schedule IV substance, unlawful distribution of a schedule IV substance, possession of an illegal weapon, possession of a weapon by a previous offender, and restraining order violation. Rodriguez is being held on bond.