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For Immediate Release

February 25, 2011 DUSM James Badway, District of New Mexico (505) 462-2344
Southern New Mexico Cracks Down

Las Cruces, NM – February 22-24 the U.S. Marshals Service Southwest Investigative Fugitive Team (SWIFT) task force conducted operation “COPPER DUCK” in the Silver City and Deming areas. The Southern New Mexico operation was a success with 97 arrests. Combined the agencies cleared 134 warrants and confiscated various amounts of narcotics. In addition to the arrests, the teams were able to complete 62 sex offender address verifications. The Marshals Service was notified that an additional 14 people turned themselves in this morning to the Silver City Police Department after their houses were endeavored last night. U.S. Marshal for the District of New Mexico, Conrad Candelaria, stated ““Our Task Force is a force multiplier when targeting wanted criminals roaming our community streets. Bringing these 97 fugitives to the Halls of Justice in such a short period, is an example of what our Task Force is designed to do.”

Participating in the operation with the Marshal Service were the Deming Police Department, Bayard Police Department, Silver City Police Department, Grant County Sheriff Department, Luna County Sheriff Department, State Probation Office and the United States Border Patrol.

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