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For Immediate Release

June 10, 2011 DUSM Ben Segotta, District of New Mexico (505) 462-2330
Operation Sparrow Hawk
Las Cruces, NM - On June 9th the United States Marshals Service concluded Operation Sparrow Hawk. This operation covered 5 counties in Southeast New Mexico involving the combined efforts of the Hobbs Police Department, State of New Mexico Adult Probation and Parole, Lee County Sheriff’s Office, New Mexico State Police, Eddy County Sheriff’s Office, Region Five Narcotics Task Force, Clovis Police Department, Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Office, Artesia Police Department, Pecos Valley Drug Task Force, Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office, Chavez County Metro Narcotics, Roswell Police Department, Chaves County Sheriff’s Office, Carlsbad Police Department, the Bureau of Indian Affairs, Drug Enforcement Agency, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

The three day operation started June 7, and resulted in the arrest of 34 state and federal fugitives with charges including: Murder, Rape, Shooting at a Dwelling, Burglary, Trafficking Meth, Strong Armed Robbery, Felon in Possession of a Firearm and Great Bodily harm with a vehicle. Marshal Conrad Candelaria stated “Due to the combined efforts of many law enforcement officials, from state, local, county and federal agencies, over thirty dangerous fugitives were tracked, identified and apprehended.  Many communities within New Mexico will be safer because these fugitives will no longer be able to terrorize with their criminal behavior and each will now face justice that is deserved and is long overdue.”   

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