Seven people have been arrested by New Mexico State Police for allegedly trafficking methamphetamine, while four individuals remain at large, according to a news release from the New Mexico State Police.
Police said those arrested are Christopher Burns, 32, Michael Perez, 30, Richard Salmon, 36, Sarah Losoya, 30, Efrain Archuleta, 42, Joseph Jimenez, 31, and Yvonne Calderon, 35. All are from Artesia.
Those who are still at large include Bernadette Molina, 34, Christopher “CJ” McNeil, 34, Stephanie Jackson, 33, and Tito Aguirre, 22, according to the news release. All of them are also of Artesia. Police said the at-large individuals should be considered armed and dangerous and anyone with information on their whereabouts should contact 911 or the State Police District 3 Dispatch at 575-622-7200.
Police said the arrests are a result of a recently concluded investigation into narcotics trafficking in the Artesia area, which involved several different street-level drug trafficking organizations, primarily trafficking methamphetamine.
Charges from the investigation include trafficking a controlled substance and various conspiracy charges, which stem from alleged narcotics transactions in Artesia. Police said the operation is part of State Police’s Mobile Enforcement Operations, which are designed to target drug trafficking in rural New Mexico.
Authorities said the Homeland Security Investigations component of the Department of Homeland Security assisted state police in the investigation. The cases will be prosecuted in state court by the 5th Judicial District Attorney’s Office, which state police said was instrumental in the operation.