New Mexico State Police Ofc. Daniel Capehart, 33, of Bloomfield, was arrested by the FBI, New Mexico State Police, San Juan County Sheriff’s Office (SJCSO), and HIDTA Region II Narcotics Task Force and was charged with violating federal drug laws.
Immediately after Capehart’s arrest, NMSP Chief Kassetas launched an internal affairs investigation, after which Capehart was served with a formal notice of contemplated action to terminate Capehart’s employment with the State Police. Capehart elected to exercise his right for a hearing regarding his termination. The hearing was scheduled to take place today.
Prior to the scheduled meeting, Capehart sent notice through his attorney of his formal resignation of employment from the State Police in lieu of termination, effective today, Aug. 3, 2018. Chief Kassetas will be submitting an officer misconduct report to the New Mexico Law Enforcement Academy Board with intent to permanently bar Capehart from being a police officer in the state of New Mexico.
After Capehart’s resignation, Chief Kassetas stated, “Police officers take an oath to uphold the law, and actions and behavior in violation of that oath and the public trust are intolerable. The New Mexico State Police will continue to comply with all aspects of this investigation by the FBI and we will continue to hold our officers accountable to serve the public with integrity and honor.”
Questions regarding the details of Capehart’s arrest should be directed to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.
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