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For Immediate Release

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February 25, 2011 DUSM James Badway, District of New Mexico (505) 462-2344
Big Mouth Leads to Big Trouble

Albuquerque, NM – Earlier this morning, Jeffrey Merculief, (41), one of New Mexico’s Most Wanted Sex Offenders was arrested at 5517 Lomas Blvd. NE Albuquerque, NM. Merculief was at Labor Ready waiting for a job when he was overheard telling a crowd of people how he was a fugitive on the run and hadn’t registered as a sex offender. The concerned citizen that overheard Merculief immediately called the Albuquerque Police Department. Officers quickly arrived and began their investigation. Merculief attempted to conceal his identity from the officers but was unsuccessful. The officers transported Merculief to the Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Department, Sex Offender Unit, where he was interviewed by United States Marshals Service South West Investigative Fugitive Team (SWIFT) task force members. Merculief admitted that he concealed his identity to officers and that he was a fugitive from justice.

Jeffrey Merculief was wanted in the state of New Mexico for failure to comply with sex offender registration requirements. In 1993, Merculief was convicted for child molestation. Between 2007 and 2008 he was convicted three times for failure to comply with sex offender registry requirements in Bernalillo County. Merculief was released from jail in October 2010 and again failed to register. United States Marshal for the District of New Mexico, Conrad Candelaria, said “Today, our community is safer because our citizens took a leading role and got involved by assisting in putting Merculief behind bars. The District of New Mexico’s Most Wanted Program is working and the Marshals Service has the community and its many law enforcement partners to thank.”

Additional information about the U.S. Marshals Service can be found at http://www.usmarshals.gov

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