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Albuquerque prosecutor named first assistant U.S. attorney for Roswell


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Jacob Wishard, who has been working with the U.S. Attorney’s Office of the District of New Mexico for about six years and has 15 years of experience as a prosecutor, has been named the first assistant U.S. attorney stationed in the Roswell area.

“We have long worked closely with our federal, state and local and tribal law enforcement partners in the southeastern part of the state to improve public safety,” said John C. Anderson, the U.S. attorney for the District of New Mexico, during a Thursday afternoon press conference at the Roswell Police Department headquarters. “And it certainly is our hope and our expectation that having a federal prosecutor permanently stationed here in Roswell will allow us a better understanding of the needs of the communities in this part of the state and will facilitate a closer working relationship between the U.S. Attorney’s office and its federal, state, local and tribal law enforcement partners.”

The announcement also means that the Department of Homeland Security will open an investigations unit in Roswell and station some agents here, although officials said exact numbers could not be disclosed. Homeland Security special agent-in-charge Jack Staton said having a federal prosecutor here will make it easier for agents to attend court, work cases and meet with judges than if they are required to travel to Las Cruces, as is now required.

Numerous law enforcement agencies were represented at the event, and Chaves County Sheriff Mike Herrington and Roswell Police Department Chief Phil Smith said that the federal prosecutor and the additional agents and resources of Homeland Security Investigations will create safer communities in the area, including assisting in investigations regarding drug trafficking and human trafficking.

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Lisa Dunlap is a general assignment reporter for the Roswell Daily Record.