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For Immediate Release

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August 15, 2017 District of New Mexico ; (505)346-6400
USMS Office of Public Affairs (703) 740-1699
Operation Alpha and Omega Update
Albuquerque, NM - The U.S. Marshals Service for the District of New Mexico has been conducting Operation “Alpha and Omega” in New Mexico since May 15. The operation partners the U.S. Marshals with the New Mexico Department of Corrections and local law enforcement agencies across the state in conducting a statewide fugitive gang member operation. The two primary sources these felony warrants will come from are the NMCD Probation Parole Security Threat Intelligence Unit and the District of New Mexico Federal Probation Office. These warrants will include, but are not specifically limited to, probation violators, parole retake warrants, and other gang-related fugitives with felony warrants.

Since starting the operation the USMS and its task force partners have arrested 55 fugitives with gang connections. One of the most recent and notable arrests is that of fugitive Ricky Vigil Wednesday in Albuquerque. Vigil was apprehended on parole and probation violations related to several underlying convictions: possession of a controlled substance, unlawful taking of a motor vehicle, armed robbery, and false imprisonment/battery on a household member. Vigil is also a suspected Burquenos/Los Duranes gang member.

The operation is scheduled to conclude December 31.

U.S. Marshals are the nation’s primary fugitive hunting organization and capture more federal fugitives each year than all other law enforcement agencies combined. For more information, go to http://www.usmarshals.gov.

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