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Routine stop leads to drug trafficking bust on Highway 66

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McKinley County Sheriff’s Dep. Johnson Lee was traveling west on Highway 66 just before 1 am April 19 when he saw a speeding car and made what he thought would be a routine traffic stop.

Lee walked over and saw two men in the car. One of the two was shaking and appeared to be nervous, according to Lee’s report. As he came closer, the officer spotted a box of ammunition in the driver-side door.

Lee had the driver, Franklin Warren, 43, of Gamerco, step outside of the car while he issued a citation. Warren told Lee his license was suspended, and when the officer asked where the two men were headed, Warren said the Redwood Lodge, a nearby motel.

Warren continued to seem “very...

Santa Fe driver arrested for 11th DWI

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SANTA FE — A New Mexico State Police officer in Santa Fe was almost struck by a wrong-way driver on Cerrillos Road around 10:30 pm April 22. The officer attempted to stop the vehicle but the driver fled from the officer and a pursuit began.

As the pursuit approached the intersection of Cerrillos and Jaguar Roads, the officer was able to successfully perform a PIT maneuver and safely stop the vehicle.  The State Police officer suspected the driver was intoxicated and completed a DWI investigation. The driver, Santiago Garcia, 53, of Santa Fe, showed signs he was unable to safely operate a vehicle and was impaired.

Garcia was arrested for his 11th DWI.

Neither the officer nor the...

Suspect in homicide still at large

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The FBI and the Navajo Nation Police Department are asking for the public’s assistance in finding a person of interest in a homicide that occurred at a residence in White Rock, UT on April 13.

Details of the homicide have not yet been released but FBI officials in Utah said they are searching for a Native American man between the ages of 40 and 50. He has black hair with grey spots and authorities said his hair is long on top with shaved sides.

The suspect was also wearing square framed transition lenses.

Authorities said the man might have been driving a four-door pickup believed to be a Ford with dark tinted windows. The license plate was described as having a light background with...

Police still searching for break-in suspects

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The Gallup Police Department is looking for four men in connection with a break-in at the Smoke Shop in Gallup sometime during the night of March 29.

Surveillance video at the store showed two men entered the building and search for money and merchandise. The shots were grainy but the men appear to be in their early 20s.

Anyone with information about the suspects is asked to contact Detective Chavo Chischilly at the Gallup Police Department at (505) 863-1321.

Man sentenced for officer assault

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ALBUQUERQUE — Emory Werito, 41, an enrolled member of the Navajo Nation who resides in Nageezi, N.M., was sentenced April 25 in federal court in Albuquerque to 36 months in prison for assaulting a federal law enforcement officer. Werito will be on supervised release for three years after completing his prison sentence.

Werito was arrested on Aug. 24, 2017, on a criminal complaint charging him with assaulting and resisting  federal law enforcement officer.  According to the complaint, on Aug. 16, 2016, the U.S. Marshals Service and San Juan County Sheriff’s Office attempted to execute an arrest warrant on Werito. As the officers were executing a traffic stop on Werito, he backed his...

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