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For Immediate Release

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September 26, 2011 DUSM Ben Segotta, District of New Mexico
(505) 462-2330
State of New Mexico Fugitive Round-Up Operation Zia

Albuquerque, NM – This past weekend the United States Marshals Service orchestrated the largest fugitive warrant round up in the history of New Mexico. The Marshals Service teamed up with every Sheriff’s Department in the state of NM, NM Department of Public Safety, NM State Police, NM Attorney General’s Office, US Attorney’s Office, local Police Departments, NM Probation and Parole, Crime Stoppers and several Native American Tribal Police Departments, to apprehend career criminals with outstanding warrants in all 33 counties in the state of New Mexico. The operation dubbed “Operation Zia” ran September 23-25, 2011, with law enforcement officers working 12 hour days. The operation brought together over 350 law enforcement officers over a two and a half day period to include Deputy Marshals traveling from as far away as Alaska, Pennsylvania and Florida to assist in the operation which began late Friday night and ended Sunday evening.

United States Marshal Conrad Candelaria said, “We made a concerted effort to reach out to the law enforcement community, local, state and federal agencies in an effort to capture the most violent offenders, gang members and sex offenders and as a result we arrested 140 fugitives and closed approximately 200 warrants.”

Two of the more notable arrests involve New Mexico Most Wanted Gang offender Andres Juarez Garcia and Albuquerque Police Department Most Wanted Property Crime offender Martha Lewis-Aragon. Garcia was arrested in Ruidoso, NM and Lewis-Aragon was arrested in Veguita, NM. Also during the Operation Law Enforcement seized 10 grams of methamphetamine, 36 Marijuana Plants, and 2 firearms.

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

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