Albuquerque, NM - The United States Marshals Service for the District of New Mexico will be conducting Operation “Alpha and Omega,” within New Mexico from May 15, 2017 – December 31, 2017. Operation Alpha and Omega will partner the United States Marshals Service in NM with the New Mexico Department of Corrections (NMCD) and local law enforcement agencies across the state in conducting a statewide fugitive gang member operation. The two primary sources that these felony warrants will come from are, the NMCD – Probation Parole Security Threat Intelligence Unit and the District of New Mexico Federal Probation Office. These warrants will include, but are not specifically limited to; probation violators, parole retake warrants, and other gang-related fugitives with felony warrants.
Currently, the state of New Mexico has approximately 100 active gangs, and 185 active gang members in fugitive status on either probation or parole. During the Operation fugitives with gang ties will be targeted across the state of New Mexico. Those gang ties include; verified gang member, suspected gang member, known associates, and former gang members.
The New Mexico Corrections Department (NMCD) Security Threat Intelligence Unit (STIU) has agreed to partner with the United States Marshals Service, District of New Mexico, to specifically target violent Probation/Parole fugitives with gang affiliations. Through this collaboration and partnership a tremendous force-multiplier will be levied upon those with violent criminal histories and gang related activities. “There is a direct correlation between the presence of gang members in the community and level of violence, crime, and the victimization of New Mexican’s. These fugitives are truly the worst of the worst and sometimes difficult to apprehend while on the run, but given the partnership forged during this operation law enforcement officials hope to reduce the impact gang-related fugitives will have on our citizens.” – United States Marshal, Conrad E. Candelaria
“This is an important public safety operation to apprehend known gang members with arrest warrants to make our streets and communities safe across New Mexico. This fugitive roundup will also tremendously help us in reducing the number of probation and parole absconders who have gang affiliations, and who have been willingly breaking the law. We have a long-standing relationship with the United States Marshals Service and we’re thankful once again for their cooperation in bringing these fugitives to justice in the next several months.” - New Mexico Corrections Department Cabinet Secretary David Jablonski.