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MCSO: Warrant roundup successful

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Two arrested on federal warrants

The McKinley County Sheriff’s Office, the Gallup Police Department, the Probation and Parole Security Threat and Intelligence Unit, and the U.S. Marshals Service conducted a warrant roundup in McKinley County Aug. 30, officials said.

A total of 31 law-enforcement personnel participated in the warrant sweep, MCSO Lt. Pat Salazar said. All arrests were for felony warrants.

“It was very successful,” Salazar said. “We got a lot of people off the street and we are thankful that the other agencies helped in this.”

The McKinley County Emergency Response Team also assisted in the roundup.

Salazar said 52 warrants were screened, and 18 were confirmed to be at possible locations within Gallup and McKinley County. Salazar said of the 18 warrants, nine were found and arrested without incident. Five of those taken into custody remained jailed as of Sept. 7. Two of the five were transported to Albuquerque, as they were in federal custody.

Those arrested were: Robert Castillo, 29, of Crownpoint; Brennen Nez, 25, of Shiprock; Jose Estrada, 22, of Gallup; Josue Garcia, 31, of Gallup; Reese Hayes, 22, of Gallup; Marc Yazzie, 31, of Gallup; Sylvia Thomas, 62, of Gallup; Rochelle Yazzie, 26, of Gallup; and Richard Gail, 31, of Gallup.

Castillo and Nez were federal cases, and the two were immediately transferred to Albuquerque for processing, according to Salazar.

Marc Yazzie, Estrada, and Garcia remain at the McKinley County Adult Detention Center without bond.

Hayes, Thomas, Rochelle Yazzie, and Gail each bonded out of jail on amounts ranging from $120 to $1,000, records show.

“This was a really good outcome based on the information that was gathered by [intel] on short notice,” Salazar said. “We are still looking for the rest of the outstanding subjects with warrants. Just because they were not found and arrested doesn’t mean we’re not going to stop looking for them. We will find them.”

Salazar urged those who were not arrested and still have outstanding warrants to turn themselves in as soon as possible.

By Bernie Dotson
Sun Correspondent