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Over $63 million dollars worth of drugs seized

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Ranging from THC candy to deadly fentanyl

New Mexico State Police Crime Suppression agents along with uniformed officers in Gallup, and HSI agents responded to a narcotics seizure at the Gallup Port of Entry on Interstate 40, west of Gallup July 17.

The initial investigation showed a Transport Inspector encountered a...


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Cheryl A. Begay

July 10, 11:17 am

DWI (alcohol/drugs)

Accident involving death/injury

Gallup Patrolman Caleb Kleeberger was dispatched on July 10 at 10:44 am to an incident at the intersection of Todd Drive and Dairy Drive.  The caller reported a black passenger car was involved in an accident that resulted in bodily injury.  The vehicle was stopped on State Road 602 near Dee Ann Avenue.

Kleeberger made contact with the driver, who was identified as Cheryl Ann Begay.  She had a strong smell of alcohol on her breath.  Her eyes were watery and she was swaying while standing still.  She admitted to having had two beers around 9:30 that morning.

Begay told Kleeberger she was...

Cigarette bandit arrested for assault, robbery

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Officers from the Gallup Police Department were dispatched to Speedway Central, 1223 E. Hwy. 66, in reference to a robbery July 31.

Officers made contact with the reporting employee, who informed officers that a male walked in to the business with a handgun and fired off one round, asking for cigarettes.

The employee behind the counter informed officers, the male pointed the gun at him and said, “Menthol cigarettes.”

The employee began to open the register and the male suspect fired off another round from the gun, into the air, again asking for cigarettes. The employee gave the cigarettes to the male suspect. The male suspect then placed $4 on the counter and walked out the door...

Window gun-waver apprehended

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A woman from Church Rock was stopped by Gallup police July 13 after numerous reports about someone waving a gun out of the window of a red sedan traveling south on U.S. Highway 491.

Sheila Silversmith, 40, was booked for aggravated DUI, no driver’s license, no insurance and no registration.

Also in the vehicle was Luther Begay, 42. He was inside the vehicle at the time the car was pulled over at Fourth Street and Coal Avenue. He refused to get out when instructed to do so. So, a K-9 officer was deployed and apprehended him.

“Begay was booked on resisting and negligent use of a firearm,” GPD Capt. Erin Toadlena-Pablo said.

There was a third occupant in the vehicle. That...

Jail escape

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Caught shoeless in a laundromat

Jeffrey Webster, 42, of Gallup, arrested July 10, was being held in custody at the McKinley County Adult Detention Center in Gallup.

However, on July 13, a male was reported missing from the jail. Deputy Clayton Etsitty was dispatched and followed the man who was walking without shoes, first near Tom’s Auto in Gallup, then near the Hill Crest Trailer Park and then toward 2424 E. Hwy. 66 at the Pronto Fina Gas Station. He was reportedly wearing a long sleeve shirt and jeans and entered the Pronto Laundromat at 2422 E. Hwy. 66 in Gallup, where he was identified and taken into custody.

Etsitty transported him to the McKinley County Adult Detention...

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