ROSWELL, N.M. (KRQE) – Chaves County deputy Allan Covarrubias spent six hours in jail last week for assault and threatening a witness. Covarrubias says he was doing a routine patrol of the apartment complex where he lives when saw a bag of heroin. He concluded the drugs belonged to a man in a wheelchair named Cody Manz. Manz lives across the street and has a criminal history that includes drugs.
Covarrubias saw Manz at a Roswell store a few days later and confronted him
“And he kept running his mouth and getting hostile and I was stern with him and I told him, your addiction put kids at risk, go ahead and risk yourself, but don’t put kids at risk, ” said Covarrubias.
Manz claimed that Covarrubias was screaming at him and threatening to beat him up.
Covarrubias, who used to work as a Roswell police officer denies it. He claims a sergeant at Roswell police is out to get him
“He is the main reason I left Roswell Police to work for the Sheriff’s department here in Chaves County,” said Covarrubias.” I don’t know what his agenda is but he has destroyed my life and my career.”
KRQE News 13 reached out to Roswell Police Department. They sent a statement saying, “while it is not pleasant for RPD to have to arrest a law enforcement officer, such investigations and arrests are carried out in the same impartial and equally handed manner in which all investigations and arrests are handled.”
KRQE News 13 also reached out to the Chaves County Sheriff’s department and have yet to hear back.