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Three arrested on drug charges

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By The Staff

The Mora County Sheriff’s Department has arrested three men on drug charges.

Emilio Romero, 21, of Sapello; Nicky B. Branch, 19, of Holman; and Joseph Valdez, 21, of Cleveland, N.M., were charged March 12.

Romero faces charges of trafficking cocaine and ecstasy, conspiracy, tampering with evidence and being a felon in possession of a firearm. Valdez is charged with contributing to the delinquency of a minor and conspiracy, and Branch faces charges of conspiracy and tampering with evidence.

In mid-February, the three men spent much of the night at Romero’s house with a 15-year-old girl, smoking marijuana, according to the Sheriff’s Department.

When deputies executed a search warrant, they found rock cocaine and ecstasy in Romero’s house, according to reports.

Authorities are considering filing additional charges against Romero.