For Immediate Release
Wednesday March 29, 2017
Contact: Michael P. Patrick, (505) 908-8591
ALBUQUERQUE - Today, a Bernalillo County Grand Jury has indicted 15 defendants on counts including racketeering, auto and residential burglary, gun thefts and extreme cruelty to animals. These charges stem from a violent crime spree where neighborhoods were terrorized by gang members who encouraged minors to participate in their crimes.
“Modeled after federal law, designed to take down and dismantle organized crime and major drug trafficking organizations, the use of New Mexico’s RICO (Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations) statute in this case should be taken as a clear an unequivocal sign that the Bernalillo Counties District Attorney’s Office intends to use any and every available tool to take down any and all violent gangs operating in this jurisdiction,” Bernalillo County District Attorney Raúl Torrez said.
The Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Department, Albuquerque Police Department and New Mexico State Police worked together with the office of the District Attorney to tie these defendants to one another. In all there were 52 separate cases investigated.
“In particular gang units from BCSO and APD worked tirelessly to connect crimes that may otherwise have gone unsolved and unconnected,” Torrez said. “The outcome of the grand jury today is a testament to the work the four agencies did in collaboration. For those still involved in organized crime on the streets on Albuquerque the lesson of today’s action should be clear. We are dedicated, we are organized and we intend to pursue justice on behalf of citizens of this community.”
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