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For Immediate Release

Contact:
July 20, 2017 District of New Mexico, (575) 386-4223;
USMS Office of Public Affairs (703) 740-1699
2-day STAR Operation Alpha & Omega Proves Successful
Southeast Corner of New Mexico - Tuesday, the U.S. Marshals Service Southwest Investigative Task Force began STAR Operation Alpha and Omega, combining efforts with New Mexico Department of Corrections and local law enforcement agencies to conduct a statewide gang fugitive operation. There were two primary sources for these felony warrants; NMCD – Probation/Parole Security Threat Intelligence Unit (STIU) and the District of New Mexico Federal Probation Office. These warrants included gang violence, assaults, weapons, sex crimes and drug offenses. The target area was Region IV--specifically Clovis, Carlsbad and Hobbs. The operation ended Wednesday night.

The New Mexico Corrections Department Security Threat Intelligence Unit partnered with the U.S. Marshals Service, District of New Mexico, to specifically target violent Probation/Parole fugitives with gang affiliations. Through this collaboration and partnership a tremendous force-multiplier will be levied upon those with violent criminal histories and gang related activities.

Michael Anthony Aragon, 25, was arrested Tuesday in Clovis on a warrant out of the County of Curry 9th District Court. Aragon was wanted on a probation violation with original charges of aggravated burglary with a deadly weapon, false imprisonment, battery of a household member, evading/ resisting arrest, and aggravated battery on a household member-with a deadly weapon. This NM Sindicato Gang member was arrested on Traver Street and put up a struggle against law enforcement. Task force members saw Aragon driving a car and quickly suspected that he was being followed by police. Aragon exited the vehicle in a residential neighborhood and jumped over fences to evade the officers. Officers caught up to Aragon, who resisted arrest and had to be tazed to be brought under control. Aragon was then handcuffed, arrested, transported and booked into the Clovis County Detention Center without further incident. Aragon had been on the run for over a year.

David Frank Marquez, 36, was also arrested Tuesday in Clovis on a Santa Fe probation violation. The original charge was possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. This 18th Street Gang Member was located inside a house on Sandoval Street and was reported to have been hiding in a closet. Marquez was arrested without incident and was transported and booked into the Clovis County Detention Center.

There were a total of five arrests in the two-day operation: one for possession of methamphetamines, two for aggravated assaults involving household members, one for criminal sexual penetration and one for evading arrest. Two of these were gang members and were the significant arrests listed above.

Additional information about the U.S. Marshals Service can be found at http://www.usmarshals.gov.

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