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Drug bust scores big for police

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After a three month long investigation, the Gallup Police Department Narcotics Task Force was able to secure a subpoena for the Abeita residence and found drugs and money in an early morning raid June 26.

Due to the dangers of the job and the confidential requirements of the Narcotics Task Force, the Gallup Sun will not...

Jail escapee keeps racking up more charges

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Ryan Westman, 23, of Gallup was a very busy man prior to being locked up in the county jail June 20, subsequently escaping days later, then being caught and locked up again that same day.

More charges are adding up on Westman, who scaled the fence of the McKinley County Adult Detention Center on June 24. He was apprehended based on witness statements and good old-fashioned police work.

When Westman was originally arrested on June 20, Gallup police officers found him with David Martinez, 29, of Gallup and Christina Quintana, 25, of Gallup exiting a reported stolen vehicle at 511 Cactus. Westman was booked on three outstanding warrants, receiving or transferring stolen vehicle...

Citizens: Be On the Look Out

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Gallup Police Department are desperately trying to catch the hoodlums who are shooting up cars with pellet guns during the night.

Capt. Rick White said that he believes about 30 vehicle windows and five house windows were shot out over the weekend [June 26] with pellet guns or BB guns and police are asking for the public’s help to catch the perpetrator.

“It’s costing out citizens money to replace [the windows],” White said. “Somebody out there knows whose doing it, they just need to come forward.”

White said that the GPD has neighborhood patrols in tact. And while patrol units are checking neighborhoods in between calls for service, residents need to be looking out for...

Civil asset forfeiture ban becomes law

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Starting July 1, cops in New Mexico can no longer take personal property without convicting someone, child predators will face tougher penalties and frozen powdered alcohol products are now recognized as being under state liquor control.

These are just a handful of the 62 laws passed earlier this year during the regular state legislative session. Seventy-nine other new laws went into effect last month, while others with the emergency clause went into effect even earlier.

The new civil asset forfeiture law is perhaps the most impactful and passed both chambers of the Legislature with wide support, netting no votes against it from either the state House of Representatives or the the...

Red Lion hit twice by armed robbers

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For the second time this year, the Red Lion Hotel was robbed by an armed assailant, but this time the gunman fired at the clerk.

At about 1:46 am on morning of June 25, the call came into Metro Dispatch that Red Lion had been robbed. The hotel was previously hit on May 27.

That suspect was described as an African American male with light skin. This recent robbery suspect is described as a Caucasian male with dark hair and a mustache, about 5’6” medium build in the 20-30 age range.

According to Gallup Police Detective Tasheena Wilson, the clerk at the hotel described a possible vehicle as a white truck with a camper shell.

The man was armed with a gun.

“The guy got off a round...

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