The yearlong fugitive investigation spread from Albuquerque to Farmington back to Albuquerque. Allegedly Cota would slip in and out of the Albuquerque metro area depending upon the pressure law enforcement officers placed on his support network. Throughout the investigation, the United States Marshals Service was assisted by: the Drug Enforcement Administration, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Homeland Security Investigations, Albuquerque Police Department, Farmington Police Department and the Navajo Narcotics Unit.
District of New Mexico, United States Marshal, Conrad Candelaria, said “the effectiveness of the Marshals Service on pursuing dangerous and violent fugitives spans 223 years. In the District of New Mexico this has been the case since 1850 when the Marshals Service began to enforce a rule of law in the Territory of New Mexico and since this time working alongside local, county, tribal and state law enforcement with a common goal of protecting communities and citizens; this dangerous fugitive will no longer harm our families, friends and children”.