Santa Fe, NM - On February 9, 2012 the United States
Marshal Service in Santa Fe along with the Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Office and
the Santa Fe Police Department SWAT team arrested Jairo Adair Contreras.
Contreras escaped Arizona State Custody and fled to New Mexico where he was
attempting to avoid apprehension.
The United States Marshals Service in Arizona and investigators for Local Law
Enforcement in Maricopa County developed information that Contreras might be
hiding in New Mexico and referred the investigation to the Marshals Service
Southwest Fugitive Investigative Team (SWIFT Task Force) in New Mexico. SWIFT
Investigators quickly developed information that Contreras was in the Santa Fe,
NM area and identified a possible vehicle Contreras was using. SWIFT
investigators were able to identify Contreras he entered the vehicle
investigators had been watching. Contreras was able to identify an undercover
Santa Fe Police Department unit which was assisting with surveillance. Contreras
fled in the vehicle which he later abandoned. Contreras, while on foot, made his
way back to the original residence. Deputies and Task Force officers established
a perimeter around the residence and requested the assistance of the Santa Fe
Police Department SWAT unit and Contreras was apprehended without incident.
Contreras was booked into the Santa Fe County Detention Center pending
extradition to Arizona.
Marshal for the District of New Mexico Conrad E. Candelaria said “The Marshals
Service for the District of New Mexico answered the call and has once again
given truth to the adage that ‘no fugitive can out run the long-arm of justice’,
this fugitive will be returned to Arizona so that justice can be served; a
testament to the Marshals Service effectiveness to pursue and apprehend
fugitives is due in large part to the many extraordinary partnerships the
Marshals Service has with local, county, tribal and state law enforcement
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