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Checkpoint stop ends in drug, weapon seizure
By: Jamel Valencia
HATCH, N.M. - A vehicle that was stopped at a New Mexico checkpoint turned into a gun and drug seizure.
On Monday morning, Border Patrol agents at the checkpoint near Hatch came in contact with a vehicle with two adults and two children inside.
During the conversation between the agents and the driver, the agents became suspicious and brought out a drug-sniffing dog, said officials.
The dog alerted the agents to methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia. Later two handguns, one which was stolen, was found
An investigation revealed that the driver, Rafael Lopez, had an active arrest warrant out for his arrest out of Albuquerque, N.M.
Lopez, along with the mother of the children in the vehicle, were taken into custody for possible charges of child endangerment.