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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...

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,”...

Microtel Inn intruder gets day in court

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A Mentmore man who broke in to a local motel and made himself at home in a first-floor room received a suspended sentence on the matter, according to a court outcome.

Eric Begaye, 23, went before 11th Judicial Court Judge Robert Aragon Sept. 22 and pleaded guilty to criminal damage.

Begaye was initially arrested on Dec. 30, 2015, and charged with breaking and entering. After being released from the McKinley County Adult Detention Center, Begaye was required to check into the Na’nizhoozhi Center, Inc., commonly called NCI, for detox treatment.

What Happened?

Begaye broke into Room 135 at the Microtel Inn & Suites, 3270 W. Hwy. 66, apparently with the intention of getting some rest...

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