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For Immediate Release

February 11, 2011

DUSM Ben Segotta, District of New Mexico

(505) 462-2330 (desk)

Marshals Service New Mexico Most Wanted Sex Offender Captured

Cuba, NM - On February 11, 2011 Cuba Police arrested one of New Mexico’s Most Wanted Sex Offenders Delvin Yazzie. Yazzie was convicted on November 16, 1996, for Rape in the 1st Degree after he went to a gas station in Oregon and forced the female clerk into the back bathroom and raped her. Yazzie was sentenced and served a total of 100 months before moving to New Mexico. 


Yazzie first registered in Sandoval County in 2004 as a life time registrant.  Yazzie was convicted of his first Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act (SORNA) violation in Federal District Court in Albuquerque on 10/19/2006 and served 18 months for Failure to Register.  On 4/2/2009, Yazzie was indicted for failing to register as a Sex Offender in Sandoval County. Yazzie was given conditions of release and was ordered to appear in court for the charges on 4/20/2009. Yazzie absconded for over a year until he was arrested on 5/24/2010.  Yazzie was released again on 6/1/2010 and failed to appear again.  On 8/27/2010, another arrest warrant was issued for Yazzie for failing to register.  Sandoval County Officers went to his registered address to verify his residency on 8/27/2010 and learned that he was not residing at the address and that he was living with his girlfriend.

Yazzie’s extensive and repeated criminal history made him a prime target for the United States Marshals Service’s New Mexico’s Wanted Program. Deputy United States Marshals were able to develop leads that Yazzie, was seen in Cuba. Deputy United States Marshals and Cuba police began looking into Yazzie. On 02/11/2011 Yazzie was spotted and arrested while trying to drop his girlfriend off for work at a gas station in Cuba. Yazzie is also being considered for federal charges under the Adam Walsh Act for his continued failure to register.The United States Marshal for the District of New Mexico, Conrad Candelaria said “Since the implementation of the Marshals Service New Mexico’s Most Wanted Program, the Marshals Service has been able to assist local law enforcement agencies in the identification and apprehension of sexual predators living in our communities. The program has been a great success and this is another example of cooperation between local, state and federal agencies working together to make a difference."