For Immediate Release
October 12, 2023
Albuquerque, NM – Earlier this month the New Mexico State Police began a series of proactive operations in the Albuquerque area. Officers were tasked by New Mexico State Police Chief Troy Weisler with focusing their efforts on apprehending wanted violent felons and suppressing violent crime in the Albuquerque area.
In addition to addressing violent crime, State Police have been conducting traffic enforcement operations in Bernalillo County to reduce crashes, aggressive driving, speeding, lack of seatbelt usage, distracted driving, and DWIs.
Since the operation began on September 19, the New Mexico State Police has made a total of 91 arrests (53 being repeat and or violent offenders). Eight guns were taken off the street (2 of which were stolen), and 11 stolen vehicles have been recovered. In addition, 88 grams of Methamphetamine, 54 grams of Fentanyl, 25 grams of Cocaine, and 5 grams of Ecstasy have been seized.
Officers made over 2,000 traffic stops resulting in 2,094 citations for various traffic violations. There were 95 commercial motor vehicle inspections conducted, and 14 drivers were placed out of service.
“My officers’ work is only beginning,” Chief Weisler said. “I sincerely hope the wanted criminals in Albuquerque are paying close because those violent offenders who are still on the run from justice, and engaging in criminal behavior will soon become acquainted with my officers.”
Albuquerque will see an increase in State Police officers over the coming months as the operation continues, and additional State Police officers are brought into the area. Working closely with federal and local law enforcement partners, State Police will continue to tackle issues that burden the citizens of Albuquerque like auto theft, violent crime, drug trafficking, and robbery.
The public will see regular updates on the progression and results of the operation. Follow the New Mexico State Police on Twitter and Facebook @NMStatePolice for updates on the operation, as well as active scenes and additional operations conducted across the state.