In late 2017, the New Mexico State Police received several complaints of illegal narcotic activity occurring in the smaller communities of Rio Arriba and Taos Counties. In January 2018, the New Mexico State Police launched an investigation into these complaints.
Through joint cooperation between the New Mexico State Police and the Region III Drug Task Force (which is comprised of the New Mexico State Police, Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Office, Rio Arriba County Sheriff’s Office, Drug Enforcement Agency, and is supported by The High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas (HIDTA) program), this three month long operation focused on individuals identified to be engaged in illegal narcotics trafficking and distribution in the communities of Peñasco, Dixon, and Cordova, NM.
On March 15, 2018, this joint investigation culminated in the execution of five narcotics related search warrants in the counties of Rio Arriba and Taos. As a result of this investigation, the following individuals were charged and arrested:
Seizure totals from all warrants combined:
320 miscellaneous illegal prescription pills
4.8 ounces of Cocaine
2.1 Grams of Methamphetamines
6.5 grams of Heroin
1.0 Ounce Marijuana
82 Suboxone strips
3 handguns (evidence)
The New Mexico State Police remains committed to the concerns of communities around the state and will continue to target those who victimize citizens through illicit narcotic activity.