A fugitive wanted in connection with a federal investigation into a New Mexico prison gang was arrested Tuesday, Dec. 15, 2015 in Denver.
The U.S. Marshals Service’s South West Investigative Fugitive Team and Colorado Violent Offender Task Force arrested Denver resident Arturo Arnulfo Garcia, 48, at a residence there.
Garcia was among two fugitives wanted after two indictments were unsealed earlier this month charging 25 defendants with participating in a violent racketeering enterprise known as the Syndicato de Nuevo Mexico (SNM) Prison Gang.
Garcia was allegedly involved in a murder June 17, 2007, in service of the gang.
Angel DeLeon, 38, a Mexican national, is still at large. DeLeon was allegedly involved in the murder of two people March 26, 2001, in service of the gang.
The investigation involved the Albuquerque Division of the FBI; New Mexico Corrections Department; New Mexico State Police, Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Office; Metropolitan Correctional Center; Albuquerque Police Department; U.S. Marshals Service; and the El Paso, Phoenix, Denver, Las Vegas, and Knoxville FBI Divisions.
The public is reminded that charges in indictments are merely accusations and defendants are presumed innocent unless found guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.