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Portales motel reopens after water issues


Last updated 9/21/2021 at 3:41pm

PORTALES — The Super 8 Motel in Portales re-opened for business Monday afternoon after being closed since Friday due to the presence of what appeared to be methamphetamine in the motel’s water supply.

The reopening was confirmed Tuesday by a woman who answered the phone at the hotel, but would not confirm her identity outside of being hotel management.

New Mexico State Police said on Friday results of their testing of the material thought to be methamphetamine were “inconclusive,” and samples were sent Friday for further laboratory testing. No results from the laboratory had been announced by Tuesday afternoon.

Portales police said they started investigating Friday afternoon when a motel customer reported being struck in the eye by a “piece of methamphetamine” that came out of a faucet.

A Portales police news release positively identified the substance as methamphetamine.

“It was later found that a large amount of methamphetamine had been introduced to the building’s water system and then continued throughout the building,” the release stated.

Portales City Manager Sarah Austin said Friday night officials had determined there had been no contamination to the city’s water supply and that the problem was confined to the hotel. A hotel next to the Super 8 was also tested and found to be not contaminated, she said.

The city manager’s office on Tuesday referred questions to the police department, which did not return phone calls seeking updates.


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