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Tag: New Mexico

DEA Albuquerque Office Gets New Leadership Role As Assistant Special Agent in Charge

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

Sean R. Waite, a longtime DEA agent, has been appointed as a new agent in charge of the agency’s Albuquerque, NM, office, the Republic reports.

Waite replaces Keith Brown, who left to become the agent in charge of the DEA’s New Orleans field office last year.

The office is part of the El Paso Field Division, which has been busy with synthetic drug trafficking.

Sharp Rise in Border Patrol Apprehensions along New Mexico Border

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Border Patrol is experiencing a sharp increase in apprehensions at the New Mexico border, the Albuquerque Journal reports.

The Border Patrol took into custody nearly 8,000 people for illegally crossing the border in fiscal 2013 – compared to about 5,700 in fiscal 2012.

Although the New Mexico numbers were on the rise, Texas and Tucson saw declines, Albuquerque Journal wrote.

It may be the success in places like Tucson that are prompting immigrants to try the New Mexico border, said Joe Romero, acting special operations supervisor in the Border Patrol El Paso sector’s public affairs office..

“The success of neighboring sectors, such as Tucson Sector, may lead people away from that area in hopes of possibly finding a greater chance for success in our area,” Romero said in an emailed response to questions from the Albuquerque Journal.

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New Mexico Gov. Martinez’s Inner Circle Possible Target of FBI Investigation

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

FBI agents have become interested in the inner circle of New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez, the Santa Fe Reporter writes.

According to the Reporter, agents have been interviewing close political allies of the Republican over a lucrative, 25-year lease the state signed with the Downs at Albuquerque Racetrack & Casino.

The lease has been marred with problems from the onset and has cast a shadow of suspicion on Martinez.

Investigators have questioned people close to the governor about the bidding process and the state officials’ relationship with Downs, according to the Reporter.

U.S. Border Patrol Rescues Injured Boy in Mountains of New Mexico

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Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

The U.S. Border Patrol rescued a child who injured his leg on a hunting trip in the mountains of New Mexico, the Associated Press reports.

A Border Patrol crew from the Department of Homeland Security’s Office of Air and Marine in El Paso rushed to save the child in mountains near Deming.

The AP reported that the agency loaded the boy onto a helicopter.

He is recovering from non-life threatening injuries, the AP reported.

CBP Open Outpost Along Border in Increasingly Problematic Southwest New Mexico

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

 A new border outpost for CBP has opened in an isolated section of southwest New Mexico to combat a rise in crimes related to drug trafficking, authorities announced Thursday, the Associated Press reports.

For the first time, the mountainous region of Bootheel will be patrolled around-the-clock by CBP.

The idea was to place agents along smuggling routes, the AP reported.

The outpost is named “Camp Garza” to memorialize Agent Rene Garza, who was killed in 1999.

According to the AP, the area was one of the last unguarded regions along the U.S-Mexico border.

15 Arrested in Large Drug Smuggling Investigation Including Albuquerque Fireman

DEA cocaine photo

By Danny Fenster
ticklethewire.com

A DEA bust has led to the arrest of a local firefighter in Albuquerque, reports KQRE.

Acquaintances of firefighter Steve Chavez said he was the last guy they’d expect to be involved in a drug ring. Chavez had been with the department for seven years, according to KQRE. The drug ring he was involved in had links to a Mexican cartel, authorities say.

The investigation involved more than 100 officers from numerous agencies, working for multiple months investigating a ring of large amounts of cocaine, methamphetamine and marijuana smuggling. Officials raided three homes and an addition property on Thursday, taking 15 into custody.

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First Charges of Shepard/Byrd Act Convicted, Receive Prison Time for Assaulting a Developmentally Disabled Navajo

By Danny Fenster
ticklethewire.com

Two member of the Bloods street gang were sentenced in a US District Court in Santa Fe, N.M., for a hate crime against a developmentally disabled Navajo,  the FBI said in a statement on Wednesday.

Paul Beebe and Jesse Sanford of Farmington, N.M were convicted and sentenced on federal hate crime charges related to the racially motivated assault of a 22-year-old developmentally disabled Navajo, according to the FBI and the Justice Department. Beebe received eight-and-a-half years in prison and three years’ supervised release, while Sanford got five years and three years’ supervised release.

Beebe, and Sanford were indicted by a federal grand jury, along with a third defendant who pleaded guilty and is still awaiting sentencing, in November 2010 on one count of conspiracy and one count of violating the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act (Shepard/Byrd Act), says the FBI. The three were the first defendants charged under the Shepard/Byrd law. Both pleaded guilty.

In August of 2011 the two admitted that Beebe has taken the victim to his apartment, covered in racist paraphernalia, and defaced the victim by drawing on him with markers a number of racist symbols once he had fallen asleep. When the victim awoke, gagged with a towel, Beebe branded him with a heated wire hanger, impressing a swastika into his skin. They recorded the event with cell phone cameras.

 

Fed Grand Jury Probing Bill Richardson’s Campaign Funds


Ex-Gov. Richardson

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Ex-New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson is in for some nail biting.

The Albuquerque Journal reports that a fed grand jury in Albuquerque is looking into possible financial irregularities in Richardson’s failed presidential campaign.

The paper reported that a number of witnesses have been granted immunity.

The paper reported that the feds are looking into whether campaign funds were improperly used to settle a “threatened lawsuit” against Richardson in the fall of 2007 by a former state government worker.