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Gallup man arrested on warrant; drug charge

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A Gallup man was jailed May 27 and was later released the same day after posting a $5,000 bond, officials said.

José Alejandro Rios-Castillo was taken into custody by narcotics agents with the Gallup Police Department after hotel personnel at the Red Lion, 3009 W. Highway 66, on the city’s west side suspected something...


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The legal limit is .08.

Daryl Desiderio Jr.

May 7, 10:19 pm

2nd DWI, Aggravated

A vehicle approaching a DWI checkpoint, manned by Gallup Police Department Officer Dominic Molina reportedly attempted to turn around, striking two orange traffic cones as it did so. Molina pursued the vehicle, which came to a stop on Arnold Circle. The passenger and driver fled on foot. Molina pursued the runners; when he told the suspect driver to hit the ground, he complied and was handcuffed.

Desiderio, 22, had a district-court warrant out for his arrest and a suspended driver’s license due to DWI. He reportedly smelled of alcohol and slurred his words. The car contained a marijuana pipe...

MCSO arrests one on drug charge

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Some heady police work landed a Gallup female in jail May 19 after a deputy with the McKinley County Sheriff’s Office went the distance in a suspected warrant search.

Arnold Noriega of the McKinley County Sheriff’s Office stopped a silver Alero driven by Lisa Nuñez on Ray Street in Gamerco, according to a police report on the matter. Also in the car were two other passengers, one identified as Clifford McAdams and the other as Angelica Castaneda, according to the report.

Castaneda did have an outstanding bench warrant from McKinley County. She was arrested for possession of black-tar heroin and drug paraphernalia, according to Noriega’s report.

“After getting consent to...

Missing Zuni woman found dead in Gallup

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Foul play suspected

A Zuni woman reported missing by family members last Friday was found deceased after 7 pm May 16.

Gallup Police Department Lt. Rosanne Morrissette said that Mary Pablito, 31, is likely the victim of foul play, although she didn’t go into details of what detectives found at the scene. She was found at the intersection of Maloney Avenue and Allison Road.

“She was found in the area by family searching for her,” she said.

Morrissette said the preliminary results of an autopsy should shed some light on the cause of her death. Results for the complete autopsy and toxicology testing could take up to six weeks.

According to a Facebook post by one family...

Child molester arrested; bonds out

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A Gallup man accused of child molestation was jailed May 11 and bonded out just hours later, officials said.

Carlos Juarez, 41, was taken into custody by the Gallup Police Department on two counts of sexual penetration on a child under the age of 13.

Already on probation for an earlier and similar charge, Juarez was booked last week at 5:17 pm, was out at 9:26 pm, and was later released on $10,000 bond, McKinley County Adult Detention Center Warden Steve Silversmith said.

According to court records, the latest charge against Juarez was brought before Gallup Police Department in April, but the actual offenses took place over a period of time, some six or seven years ago. Juarez is...

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