154 arrested in Dona Ana County during US Marshal investigation

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A 90-day operation led by the U.S. Marshal’s Office led to 154 arrests and 80 pounds of meth seized in Dona Ana County.

The results of “Operation Triple Beam” was announced by the Marshal’s Office, but included help from the Dona Ana County Sheriff’s Office, Las Cruces Police Department, New Mexico State Police, New Mexico Division and Probation and Parole, Sunland Park Police Department, Dona Ana County Detention Center, DEA, ATF, FBI and Homeland Security Investigations.

During the investigation, 20 search warrants were issued, which resulted in 24 firearms being seized and 180 warrants being closed out. Police also seized more than 80 pounds of meth, 2.4 pounds of heroin, five stolen vehicles and $5,000, the release said.

The operation targeted fugitives in the community involved or linked to violent crimes, the release said.

“The citizens of Las Cruces deserve to live in a city that is safe and this initiative brings us one step closer to ensuring a community that is protected,” Las Cruce Police Department Chief Patrick Gallagher said in a news release.

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