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For Immediate Release

May 27, 2011

DUSM James Badway,

District of New Mexico

(505) 462-2344 (desk)

Fugitive Admires Wanted Poster of Self

LAS CRUCES, NM- On May 27, 2011, the United States Marshals Service, District of New Mexico, arrested Rafael Perez, in Santa Teresa, NM.   Perez was wanted on an outstanding Federal Probation Violation for Distribution of Marijuana.  Perez is a documented gang member and is known to have ties to the Barrio Azteca Gang in Las Cruces, NM.   Perez has been a fugitive from justice since June 2010. 


Deputy Marshals received information that Perez was living in the Santa Teresa Terrace Apartments in Santa Teresa, NM.   Once it was confirmed Perez was home, Deputy Marshals contacted the apartment.  Perez refused to open the door and Deputy Marshals armed with a warrant were forced to kick the door open.  Perez attempted to hold the door shut when it flew open.  When the door hit Perez is caused him to drop a knife he was holding.  Perez was taken into custody without further incident.  Deputies found a picture in Perez’s possession of the U.S. Marshal Service Most Wanted flyer featuring Perez as one of New Mexico’s Most Wanted gang members.  


U.S. Marshal Conrad Candelaria said  in no small part, in addition to the partnerships with the local, county, state and tribal law enforcement agencies, the local media plays a vital role in public safety by maintaining community awareness, by informing our citizens of those fugitives that continue to engage in criminal activity, because of the featured story in the El Paso Times that identified Fugitive Rafael Perez as one of New Mexico’s Most Wanted Fugitives, Perez is now in custody and he will no longer victimize the good citizens of New Mexico and Texas. “       

The Southwest Investigative Fugitive Team is a team comprised of law enforcement officers from: New Mexico State Police; New Mexico Department of Corrections; Dona Ana County Sheriff’s Office; Las Cruces Police Department; Albuquerque Police Department; Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Office; Rio Rancho Police Department; Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Office; Santa Fe Police Department; San Juan County Sheriff’s Office; McKinley County Sheriff’s Office; Farmington Police Department; Bloomfield Police Department; U. S. Department of the Interior Fish and Wildlife; Torrance County Sheriff’s Office; and Bureau of Indian Affairs. The task force objective is to seek out and arrest all Violent Offenders. Last year, U.S. Marshals task forces arrested more than 27,000 state and local fugitives on felony charges.

Additional information about the U.S. Marshals can be found at