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State police investigate double-fatality crash in Cibola County

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GRANTS – At around 7 pm on Oct. 11, New Mexico State Police investigated a double-fatality crash on Interstate 40 at mile-marker 84 in Grants.

The initial investigation indicated an Infinity passenger car traveling eastbound on I-40 was driving erratically and lost control. The vehicle entered the median, rolled, and...

Two members of Mexican drug trafficking organization convicted on trafficking, laundering charges

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Organization imported cocaine, marijuana, heroin from Mexico

ALBUQUERQUE – A federal jury sitting in Las Cruces returned a verdict Oct. 6 that found Amado Acevedo-Gonzalez, 36, a Mexican national, and Yolanda Rodriguez, 50, a U.S. citizen who formerly resided in Mexico, guilty on drug trafficking offenses and money laundering charges after a four-day trial.

The jury’s guilty verdict was announced by U.S. Attorney Damon P. Martinez, Special Agent in Charge Will R. Glaspy of the DEA’s El Paso Division, Special Agent in Charge Terry Wade of the FBI’s Albuquerque Division, Ismael Nevarez Jr., Special Agent in Charge of the Phoenix Field Office of IRS Criminal Investigation, and...

Weekly Crime Blotter

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10/5, GALLUP

At about 5:05 pm, Gallup Police Department Officer Chaz Troncoso and fellow officers were dispatched to 517 S. Clark St. in reference to a male with a knife. A niece at the residence had a bloody mouth and there was blood on the ground.

At the scene, officers were waved down by a female who was yelling that her husband, Benjoe Cayadito, 38, was wielding a knife in a room inside the residence where there were also several children.

The officers found a puddle of blood in the doorway. A supporting officer was trying to control Cayadito, who was kicking on the floor, and managed to land a kick on the officer. Cayadito was soon detained in a police...

AG Balderas announces arrest in attorney general human trafficking operation

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ALBUQUERQUE – On Oct. 13, Attorney General Hector Balderas announced that the Office of the Attorney General Human Trafficking Task Force recently conducted an undercover sting operation resulting in the arrest of Tyrone Davis.

“Human trafficking is nothing short of modern-day slavery and it remains a top priority of this administration to continue to protect New Mexico’s most vulnerable populations from this abhorrent depravity,” Balderas said.

On Oct. 12, Office of the Attorney General special agents conducted an operation in which they were contacting females advertising in the escort section of Backpage.com.

One female was contacted via text and agreed to meet at an...

MCSO: Corrections officer charged with bringing contraband into jail

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A Gamerco man, who worked as a corrections officer at the McKinley County Adult Detention Center, was jailed and later bonded out Sept. 28 after his arrest for bringing contraband into the MCAD, officials said.

Esidro Olguin, 22, was initially jailed on a $5,000 surety bond, according to jail records. Olguin’s charges are two counts of bringing contraband into a place of imprisonment and two counts of trafficking a controlled substance.

Lt. Pat Salazar of the McKinley County Sheriff’s Office said Olguin’s arrest came after the sheriff’s office received a tip, followed by three months of investigation.

“This is a result of some old-fashioned police and investigative work,”...

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