Sheriff's Office

PIO & Press Release Contact Information

Public Information Officer (PIO)

400 Roma Ave NW, Albuquerque, NM 87102

Contact:

Deputy Joseph Montiel- Public Information Officer
Jayme Fuller- Sheriff Transparency & Public Information Coordinator

Phone: (505) 468-7375
Email: jfuller@bernco.gov
 

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“Albuquerque is still ranked as one of the top cities in the United States for auto theft. It is truly a burden; and in the midst of a pandemic and brink of an economic crisis, our citizens are already struggling to make ends meet. Our city deserves honest convictions and sentencing that will ward off this criminal behavior for good.” - Sheriff Manuel Gonzales III

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“I applaud the commitment of our detectives and continued collaboration with our Federal partners which led to the successful arrest of the murderer in this case. We are one step closer in providing justice for Jose Garcia and his family.” – Sheriff Manuel Gonzales III

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“It is no secret an overwhelming majority of offenders in Albuquerque have been arrested on similar or prior grievous charges. Criminal habits must cease by means of honest prosecution for violations of current laws, and by enacting future laws geared to protecting victims.” – Sheriff Manuel Gonzales III

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“The deputies involved in this investigation did a great job taking control of a dangerous situation and handled the situation like true professionals. We are proud of our proactive team that continues to remove violent offenders off the streets of Bernalillo County.” -Sheriff Manuel Gonzales III.

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A known gang member and repeat offender, 43-year-old Raymond Vargas (Aka: Reynaldo, Gumby, Flaco, Rey, Joseph, Yao Ming), was arrested during the operation for a parole violation. Vargas has violated his parole over a dozen times since 2001 and continues to live a life of crime, after serving time in prison.

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“Our community is living in fear as violent crime rises. We need to reform our justice system to keep our streets safe and protect the law-abiding majority. We need to end the catch and release system and soft sentences so these criminals can be held accountable for their actions.” - Sheriff Manuel Gonzales III.

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“We continue to do our part to make Albuquerque and Bernalillo County a safer place by staying committed to these crime fighting efforts. With your help, these operations prove to be highly effective as we arrest violent offenders, recover stolen firearms, and remove deadly narcotics from our streets.” -Sheriff Manuel Gonzales III

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“We continue to do our part in making Albuquerque a safer place for families and businesses by focusing our efforts on violent repeat offenders. I appreciate the continued service and dedication of our deputies.” - Sheriff Manuel Gonzales III.

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“Just consequences must be implemented on violent repeat offenders. It is the rightful expectation of our citizens to feel safe, and not be left feeling vulnerable by being victimized over and over by these same offenders.” – Sheriff Manuel Gonzales III

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The Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Office will be increasing sobriety checkpoints and DWI saturation patrols beginning now and will continue through the summer months. Deputies will be specifically targeting alcohol and drug-impaired drivers to reduce the number of drunk driving-related crashes and fatalities on our roadways.

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“The confidence of repeat violent offenders is reinforced when they are arrested over and over again with little to no consequences. This is unacceptable, and we are going to continue our fight against people who commit violent crimes and hold them accountable.” – Sheriff Manuel Gonzales III

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“We continue to do our part to make Albuquerque and Bernalillo County a safer place by staying committed to these crime fighting efforts. With your help, these operations prove to be highly effective as we arrest violent offenders, recover stolen firearms, and remove deadly substances from our streets.” -Sheriff Manuel Gonzales III

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“Drug addiction has heavily impacted many families in Albuquerque and poses a large threat to the safety of our community,” said Sheriff Manuel Gonzales III. “I applaud our deputies’ commitment to keeping our families safer by patrolling our interstates that funnel deadly substances between state lines.”

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Albuquerque, NM – On February 11, 2021, the Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Office Special Victims Unit arrested a local schoolteacher, Danny Aldaz (45). Sheriff Manuel Gonzales III is proud of the diligent effort and collaboration between the Special Victims Unit, the Bernalillo County District Attorney’s Office, and the Albuquerque Public Schools Police Department.

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“The Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Office continues to stay committed the safety of Albuquerque as we grasp the reigns on the crime crisis by effectively locating and arresting violent repeat offenders of gun violence”, said Sheriff Manuel Gonzales III, “This is clearly reflected in the consistent dedication and vigilance of our deputies on the streets responding to these dangerous situations.”

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“We continue to do our part in making Albuquerque a safer place for families and businesses by focusing our efforts on violent repeat offenders,” said Sheriff Manuel Gonzales III. I appreciate the continued service and dedication of our deputies.”

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“This operation was conducted in the heart of Albuquerque in support of keeping citizens safer. As the madness of the crime crisis continues to exist in Albuquerque, the Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Office will continue our unrelenting efforts to apprehend dangerous fugitives, remove illegal firearms and narcotics from our neighborhoods, said Sheriff Manuel Gonzales III. “I believe collaboration policing promotes safer communities. I appreciate the hard work and the partnerships we have with NMSP, MDC, and NM Corrections.”

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“Domestic violence has escalated during the COVID-19 Pandemic. In 2020 In-the-Line of Duty law enforcement officer deaths rose 96% percent. Domestic violence incidents are amongst the most dangerous occurrences law enforcement officers handle. This outstanding arrest by field deputies is a great reminder to the public of the dangers these brave men and women face every day within the scope of their duties,” stated Sheriff Manuel Gonzales III. “Albuquerque’s families and children deserve to be safe in their own homes, and we will continue to display this same level of professionalism and bravery on every high risk and violent call.”

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"During the crime crisis that the city of Albuquerque is experiencing, it is important that we continue to work diligently with our community to apprehend violent repeat offenders. I appreciate the compassion and professionalism the deputy demonstrated during this arrest." -Sheriff Manuel Gonzales III.

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“The confidence of repeat violent offenders is bolstered when they are arrested over and over again with little to no consequences,” said Sheriff Manuel Gonzales III, “This is unacceptable and we are going to continue our fight so when people commit violent crimes, they are held accountable.”

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Albuquerque, NM – On January 12, 2021, Community Action Team (CAT) Detectives and Mobile Community Action Team (MCAT) Deputies, FBI Task Force Officers, and Safe Child Detectives collaborated to serve a search warrant at 7711 Morrow NE stemming from information obtained during a previous GRIP Operation. About 2,500 Fentanyl pills, about $2,000 cash, and a firearm were recovered through the investigation.

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"I am tremendously proud of the hard work displayed by our Field Services Deputies each day as they successfully find and arrest repeat violent offenders in Albuquerque. " said Sheriff Manuel Gonzales III

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Robert Lucero (24), a known repeat offender, was arrested on a probation violation and additional criminal charges.

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Sheriff Manuel Gonzales III stated, “I would like to commend our East Area Command deputies for their proactive efforts in keeping our citizens safe. Our deputies did a great job peacefully taking this dangerous criminal into custody. Their apprehension will aid in the collaborative homicide investigation with the Pasadena Police Department.”

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“On behalf of the Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Office, I would like to offer my sincerest condolences to the family of Elizabeth Martinez. I am proud of the hard work and dedication of our detectives, which I know will continue to follow the judicial process to ensure that true justice is served.” -Sheriff Manuel Gonzales III

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On Thursday, Nov. 19, 2020, at 8:30 p.m. Bernalillo County Communications received a 911 call of a shooting which occurred at a residence on Franciscan Street in Northeast Albuquerque.

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WEEK OF: NOVEMBER 20, 2020

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WEEK OF: NOVEMBER 13, 2020

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Albuquerque, NM - On November 8, 2020, at approximately 8:00 pm, BCSO Field Services Division responded to an East Mountain residence near Escabosa to conduct a welfare check on female resident Chris Neel (75), at the request of a concerned family member.

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Sheriff Manuel Gonzales III stated, “These recent arrests highlight the severe problem with criminal justice reform in the State of New Mexico. Law enforcement continues to arrest the same criminals time and time again. These criminals are repeat offenders and contribute to the crime crisis in Albuquerque. I am proud of the hard work our agency is continuing to do throughout Bernalillo County alongside our federal partners.”

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WEEK OF: NOVEMBER 6, 2020

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WEEK OF: OCTOBER 30, 2020

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County Clerk Linda Stover stated, “The Sheriff’s Office has my full trust and support as they work tirelessly to protect the integrity of the Bernalillo County ballots. We appreciate the excellent working relationship we have with law enforcement in our community and their proactive approach to election security when called upon by my office.”

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WEEK OF: OCTOBER 23, 2020

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WEEK OF: OCTOBER 16, 2020

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