Law Enforcement In the Spotlight
BLM Ranger Arrests Wanted Dangerous Sex Offender on Public Lands
On August 23, 2013, the BLM Taos Field Staff Ranger was patrolling the John Dunn Bridge, about 13 miles northwest of Taos, within the newly dedicated Río Grande Del Norte National Monument, when he spotted a vehicle matching the description from a Be On the Look Out (BOLO) recently released by the United States Marshals Service (USMS). The BLM Ranger verified the vehicle occupants as those in the BOLO. The occupants were suspects in an alleged molestation of four children under the age of 8 years old, which occurred at Elephant Butte State Park on August 13, 2013. The USMS Southwest Investigative Fugitive Team was in the Taos area and responded to back up the BLM Ranger. The suspect was taken into custody without incident. The suspect has a violent criminal history that spans 6 states over the last 30+ years, and was charged with Criminal Sexual Contact of a Minor, Aggravated Indecent Exposure, and Selling or Giving Alcoholic Beverages to Minors.
BLM donates firewood to Salvation Army
Law enforcement officers from the BLM Taos Field Office and New Mexico State Office loaded and donated about 4 cords of wood to the Salvation Army. The Salvation Army is working with the Empty Stocking Fund to get the wood to 5 families in the northern New Mexico Area who are in need of firewood to heat their residences. The wood was seized in the fall from multiple traffic stops in the Santa Fe area resulting in Federal wood permit violations.
Volunteers Help with Cleanup of Cuarteles Area
BLM law enforcement rangers hosted a clean-up of the Cuarteles area in September. The group included volunteers from the public, as well as BLM fire and maintenance crews. The group removed over six tons of garbage and 355 tires over a two-day period. Thank you to all our volunteers!
BLM-New Mexico State Director Jesse Juen Receives Law Enforcement Campaign Hat
With the recent swearing-in of Jesse Juen as BLM-New Mexico's new state director, BLM Law Enforcement Rangers took the opportunity to issue him an official U.S. Ranger campaign hat. The campaign hat is a strong and recognizable symbol of our law enforcement program.
Volunteers Help Clean Up Buckman Area
A huge thank you to all the folks who came out in November to help clean up BLM’s Buckman area outside of Santa Fe. Most of a large dumpster was filled with the trash collected. Special thanks especially to all the volunteers from the Blackfeather Trail Preservation Alliance. Kudos to all and thanks again for helping keep New Mexico beautiful.
Man and Law Enforcement's Best Friend
BLM-New Mexico is thrilled to welcome its newest law enforcement officer: “Ranger,” BLM Police K-9.
Ranger Mike Carpenter and his German Shepherd are the newest BLM K-9 team and the first for New Mexico. Ranger’s primary mission is handler protection and narcotics detection. More>>