New Mexico - The United States Marshals Service has been diligently working with state and local law enforcement officers to arrest violent fugitives in all 33 counties in New Mexico. Operation Desert Snow has five phases which have already been implemented throughout the entire state of New Mexico. The operation is building partnerships between state, county, local and tribal agencies in order to develop an emergency response strategy throughout the entire state. The first 3 phases have already been completed. Phases IV and V will be implemented on an established schedule throughout 2015. District of New Mexico, United States Marshal Conrad Candelaria stated,” this past weekend and within 48 hours, a law enforcement unity of effort swept the counties in Southeastern New Mexico, resulting in the arrest of many that for too long absconded justice or violated the rules of their probation. The combined and successful efforts from many law enforcement agencies and jurisdictions will result in safer communities for all of our citizens”.
Phase I began in the Farmington, New Mexico Four-Corners Area which extends to the Arizona border and encompasses the Navajo Nation. From December 11-14, 2014 the Marshals Service and several of its law enforcement partners began serving warrants in this region. During the two-day operation, law enforcement officers endeavored to serve more than 60 warrants. They were successful in arresting 22 fugitives. All of these fugitive cases targeted violent fugitives.
Phase II of the operation continued February 19-22, 2015, in the Southwest corner of the state, which includes Luna County, Sierra County, Dona Ana County, Otero County and Lincoln County. The Marshals Service and combined local law enforcement task force members endeavored to serve over 100 warrants. They were successful in arresting 24 violent fugitives and clearing 33 warrants in this two- day operation.
Phase III was conducted on June 5 -6, 2015, and focused on 6 counties in the southeastern part of New Mexico, which included Chaves, Eddy, Curry, Lea, Lincoln and Roosevelt counties. This operation cleared a total of 111 warrants and a total of 60 arrests were made, ranging from drug trafficking to aggravated assault.
These operations are essential, so that area law enforcement can work as one to apprehend violent offenders, which will help make the area safer by protecting the public from repeat offenders. Cumulatively, Operation Desert Snow has resulted in over 250 arrests/warrants cleared.
Significant Arrests for Phase III of Operation Desert Snow:
Aggravated Assaults/Aggravates Battery – 4
Assaults/ Battery – 2
Burglary – 4
Probation Violation- 23
Trafficking /drugs/ Narcotics- 15
Weapons – 3
Other arrests include, child support, DUI’s , fleeing, larceny, failure to appear in court,
resisting arrest and traffic citations.
Team agencies assisting the U.S. Marshals Service and Task Force Officers:
ATF, DEA & FBI
Carlsbad Police Department
Chaves County Sheriff’s Office
Eddy County Sheriff’s Department
Hobbs Police Department
Las Cruces Police Department
Lea County Drug Task Force/ Sheriff’s Department
Lincoln County Sheriff’s Department
New Mexico State Police / CID
Pecos Valley Drug Task Force
Roswell Police Department / SCU/CID
Roosevelt Sheriff’s Department