Chaves County Deputy hopes to get job back after forced to resign

ROSWELL, N.M. (KRQE)- A confrontation outside a Roswell store last month landed Chaves County Deputy Allan Covarrubias in jail. The deputy said he went to the store to confront Cody Manz after he found a bag of heroin outside Manz’s apartment.

Manz is in a wheelchair and what happened next quickly caught the attention of bystanders. Manz and others claim Covarrubias was screaming and threatening to beat him up. Covarrubias was arrested and charged with assault and threatening a witness.

Covarrubias says he was forced to resign from his job at the Chaves County Sheriff’s office.

Earlier this week, Manz was arrested for possession of heroin. Covarrubias thinks the arrest should be enough to clear his name.

“It shows a track record of being untrustworthy, being a drug user, changing his stories,” he said.

This is not Manz’s first arrest. Years ago, KRQE News 13 did a story on a man pretending to be an evacuee of the Little Bear Fire to get money from strangers. That man turned out to be Manz. He was arrested in that case.

Roswell resident Nicole Vargas said in 2012 she gave Manz money, clothes, food and paid for a two night stay in a motel, only to find out later it was all an act.

“He was dragging like his leg like he was limping..and he was crying he said that he was hungry and that he just wanted somewhere to rest,” Vargas said. “To please please help him.”

Manz was charged by Roswell police with two counts of fraud. He later pleaded no contest and was ordered to pay $100 for each count plus court fees. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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