—Sandoval County Sheriff’s Office
Patrols added west of Rio Rancho to curb target practice
Following complaints by residents that individuals have been target-practicing day and night west of Rio Rancho, the Sandoval County Sheriff’s Office has placed additional patrols in the area.
Bullet holes have been found in residences, street signs, and mailboxes. Some areas have become regular sites for target practice and are littered with shell casings and trash used for targets.
In June the Sandoval County Commission passed county ordinance 03-06-05.14A banning the discharge of firearms in this area. During the next few months, sheriff’s deputies issued warnings to violators and informed them that the ordinance. restricts discharging a firearm in the area from the Bernalillo–Sandoval County line north to Highway 550 extending west to the Rio Puerco and east to the municipal limits of Rio Rancho and the town of Bernalillo.
Deputies are now issuing citations for violations of the ordinance.A violation is a misdemeanor that may carry a sentence of confinement of less than one year or a $1,000 fine, or both. A copy of the ordinance may be obtained from the Sandoval County Sheriff’s Office or the county’s Web site, www.sandovalcounty.com.
Sheriff’s office participating in DWI
and Buckle Down operations
The Sandoval County Sheriff’s Office is participating in Operation DWI and Operation Buckle Down through October 2004. Funding for these projects comes from a grant from the New Mexico Traffic Safety Bureau and Safer New Mexico.
Along with dozens of other law-enforcement agencies throughout the state, the Sandoval County Sheriff’s Office stepped up enforcement of traffic laws during Superblitz, which was conducted November 10 through 15.
Two arrested in Peña Blanca for substance possession, intent, paraphernalia, child abuse
On November 14 detectives and deputies of the Sandoval County Sheriff’s Office executed a search warrant in Peña Blanca. Two adults were in the residence at the time the warrant was executed. There were also two minor children in the residence.
Detectives recovered a small amount of cocaine, which was hidden in an M&M’s candy container in reach of the children, three bags of marijuana concealed in the refrigerator, and various items of drug paraphernalia throughout the house.
Detectives located syringes and a silver tray used for cutting narcotics in a dresser drawer in one of the children’s rooms.
The two adult suspects were arrested for possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute, child abuse, and possession of drug paraphernalia. They were booked into the Sandoval County Detention Center and bond was set at $41,000 each. Detectives took custody of the children and notified the Children Youth and Families Department. The children were turned over to a caseworker from that department.