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Grenade found in bust was non-functioning

TUCUMCARI — A grenade found during a drug bust last month in a Tucumcari motel room turned out to be non-functioning, prompting prosecutors to drop one charge against the suspect.

Raul Diaz-Villalobos, 39, remains charged with trafficking narcotics or methamphetamine near a drug-free school zone and possession of a controlled substance.

The trafficking charge is a first-degree felony that could result in 18 years in prison and a $15,000 fine.