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Uncover narcotics agents bust alleged drug dealers

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Two more people have been arrested on various drug charges due to the diligence and hard work of undercover narcotics agents. The agent responsible for the latest arrests, hereby referred to as Agent, was met with in a secure undisclosed location. The Gallup Sun does not disclose the identity of undercover...


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Tommy Nelson, 52, PO Box Gallup

Aug. 11, 12:10 am

6th DWI

McKinley County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Jeff Marez arrested Nelson on his sixth DWI, making it a felony charge. According to Marez’s report, he was behind Nelson while driving south on Highway 491. Marez watched as the vehicle stopped after the intersection of 491 and Jefferson.

“I first thought the truck was trying to get me to rear end him, but then the truck started to travel southbound again at a slow rate of speed,” Marez said in his report.

Marez stopped the vehicle and saw visible signs of intoxication. After several failed field sobriety tests, he placed Nelson under arrest. According to the report, Nelson...

DWI Suspected in Rollover Crash

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Gallup police responded to the block of 2522 East Historic Hwy 66 for a possible DWI rollover crash late evening, Aug 12. According to Sgt. Montoya of GPD, a 2004 Chevy Avalanche driven by a 22-year-old Native American male, who was possibly under the influence, was driving eastbound on Highway 66 when he lost control of the vehicle, ran over the sidewalk, took out two cement poles, and flipped the vehicle. There were three adults and two children under five years old. The driver was booked and sent to jail. No one was injured in the rollover, and the children were not in proper car seats. Another male was booked for being belligerent. Photo Credit: Dee Velasco

Balderas holds first violent crime review meeting

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ALBUQUERQUE – New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas convened the first meeting of the Multidisciplinary Violent Crime Review Team at the National Hispanic Cultural Center in Albuquerque Aug. 5.

Attorney General Balderas and Julie Benner, wife of Rio Rancho Police Officer Gregg Nigel Benner, opened the meeting attended by agency heads to review Andrew Romero’s background and violent history leading up to the homicide of Officer Benner.

The third phase of the Multidisciplinary Violent Crime Review Team will include Community Heroes like Mrs. Benner.

“Today is a critical step forward in working to make New Mexico a safer place for our children, families and law...

NM, CO lawmakers seek federal help for mine spill

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A letter signed by a bipartisan group of U.S. Senators and Representatives from New Mexico and Colorado is urging President Barack Obama to direct federal resources to the Animas River spill cleanup.

Among these resources is a call for a coordinated response to the disaster. The Environmental Protection Agency has been criticized by state and local governments for not providing timely communication on the spill and its impact on the area.

The spill happened after a team working for the EPA accidentally released three million gallons of toxic water from an abandoned mine near Silverton, Colo. into a nearby creek. The sickly orange plume traveled down the creek to the Animas River...

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