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State Police Investigate Homicide In Taos County

Jeremiah Rael charged with murdering girlfriend in Taos County, CourtesyNMSP

NMSP News:

TAOS COUNTY — At around 5 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 29, New Mexico State Police officers were dispatched to N.M. 518, house number 7051 in Talpa, NM where neighbors discovered a female who had been shot.

Officers arrived on scene to find Brandi Davis, 44, deceased outside her home from an apparent gunshot wound. The New Mexico State Police Investigations Bureau was called to take over the investigation.

Through investigation agents learned there was a history of domestic violence at this house between Davis Read More

New Mexico State Police Checkpoints & Saturation Patrols In Counties Across State In October

NMDOT News:

New Mexico State Police (NMSP) will be conducting sobriety checkpoints, saturation patrols; and registration, insurance, and driver’s license checkpoints in all New Mexico counties during the month of October 2022.

NMDOT is bringing awareness to these events to reduce impaired driving-related fatalities through continued media attention and intensive advertising.

These checkpoints are helping to change society’s attitude about driving while under the influence of intoxicating liquor or drugs.

Hundreds of lives could be saved each year if every driver had the Read More

FBI: Defendant Charged In Zuni Shooting Case

FBI News:

ALBUQUERQUE — Alexander M.M. Uballez, United States Attorney for the District of New Mexico, and Raul Bujanda, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI Albuquerque Field Office, announced that Nicholas Pinto has been charged with assault resulting in serious bodily injury and discharging a firearm during a crime of violence in Indian Country.

Pinto, 23, of Zuni, New Mexico, and an enrolled member of the Pueblo of Zuni, appeared for a detention hearing Sept. 26, and will remain in custody pending trial, which has not been scheduled.

According to a criminal complaint, Sept. 17, Pinto and another Read More

DEA Announces Results Of Enforcement Surge To Reduce Fentanyl Supply Across United States

DEA News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration has announced the results of an enforcement operation that spanned from May to September and resulted in significant fentanyl seizures across the United States.  

As part of the One Pill Can Kill initiative, the DEA and its law enforcement partners seized more than 10.2 million fentanyl pills and approximately 980 pounds of fentanyl powder during the period of May 23 through Sept. 8, 2022. The amount of fentanyl taken off the streets during this surge is equivalent to more than 36 million lethal doses removed from the illegal Read More

FBI Presents Director’s Community Leadership Award To Lutheran Family Services Rocky Mountains Refugee Director

Raul Bujanda, Albuquerque FBI Special Agent in Charge, presented Farid Sharifi, director of Refugee and Asylee Programs, with the 2021 FBI Director’s Community Leadership Award Sept. 23. Courtesy/FBI

FBI News:

Albuquerque FBI Special Agent in Charge Raul Bujanda presented the 2021 FBI Director’s Community Leadership Award Friday, Sept. 23, to Farid Sharifi, director of Refugee and Asylee Programs at Lutheran Family Services Rocky Mountains.

Each of the FBI’s 56 field offices annually selects an individual or organization to receive this award, which honors efforts in combating crime,

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FBI: Heroin Drug Trafficker Heading To Prison

FBI News:

ALBUQUERQUE — Alexander M.M. Uballez, United States Attorney for the District of New Mexico, announced that Andy Cordova was sentenced Sept. 20 to 10 months in prison. Cordova, 33, of Santa Cruz pleaded guilty March 2 to possession with intent to distribute heroin.

July 5, 2020, Cordova was detained by Ohkay Owingeh Casino and Hotel security personnel on suspicion of possessing or distributing drugs on the premises. Cordova was arrested for drug trafficking after law enforcement executed a search warrant for his hotel room and discovered 16.96 grams of heroin.

Upon his release from Read More

Scenes Of Los Alamos Fire Dept. Physical Agility Testing

The Los Alamos Fire Department (LAFD) held a physical agility testing event Saturday morning at Station 2 on DP Road. Each department member was tasked with and evaluated on completing five tests. The participant here is tested on the Keiser Force Machine, which is a simulated forcible entry-chopping device for training individuals such as firefighters who use axes and sledgehammers in their occupation. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com

In this test a participant drags a dummy 100 feet, which simulates quickly rescuing an incapacitated individual away from a dangerous situation. Read More

U.S. Attorney, FBI File Domestic Violence Charges For Tohatchi Assault

FBI News:

ALBUQUERQUE — Alexander M.M. Uballez, United States Attorney for the District of New Mexico, and Raul Bujanda, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI Albuquerque Field Office, have announced that Anthony Joe was charged with assault of a spouse, intimate partner, or dating partner by strangling and assault resulting in serious bodily injury in Indian Country.

Joe, 37, of Tohatchi and an enrolled member of the Navajo Nation, appeared in federal court Sept. 20 for a preliminary and detention hearing and will remain in custody pending trial, which has not been scheduled.

According to a criminal Read More

AG Balderas Announces Guilty Plea By James Brandon Henz In Case Of Serial Child Predator, Faces 18 to 88.5 Years

Attorney General Hector Balderas

AG News:

SANTA FE — New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas announced Wednesday that James Brandon Henz pled guilty to 12 counts involving six child victims.

The crimes committed against the minor victims include criminal sexual penetration of a minor, criminal sexual contact of a minor, contributing to the delinquency of a minor, and bribery of a witness.

Under the terms of the plea agreement, Henz will be sentenced to at least 18 years in the Department of Corrections and faces a maximum sentence of 88.5 years.

Sentencing will be set after a sentencing Read More

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