ROSWELL, N.M. (AP) – The recently convened grand jury in Chaves County has issued its first indictments.
The Roswell Daily Record reports that the jury on Thursday returned criminal indictments against seven people, all in connection to alleged drug offenses.
Judges of the Fifth Judicial District in December exercised their authority to convene the 12-person jury after denying a petition by citizens requested a grand jury sit for 18 months.
The state Constitution allows citizens to create a grand jury if at least 2 percent of a county’s registered voters request it.
The grand jury will convene for up to three months to consider criminal cases.