Nude bathers apprehended; drug
bust in Bernalillo
—JOHN PAUL TRUJILLO
SHERIFF, SANDOVAL COUNTY
On August 4, 2005 Sandoval County Sheriff’s detectives were
conducting surveillance at the Spence Springs off Highway 4 in reference
to the use of illegal narcotics and past reports of indecent exposures.
At 11:15 a.m., detectives observed a male subject approach the
area of the two hot spring pools. The male subject removed all his
clothing, exposing his genitals to three juveniles and three adults
and was taken into custody and charged with three counts of felony
aggravated indecent exposure.
On Friday, August 19, 2005, detectives issued a total of five
indecent exposure citations and two narcotic citations at Spence
Springs throughout the day. A criminal history was researched on
all subjects from whom it was discovered that two of the five subjects
cited for indecent exposure were convicted sexual offenders. Due
to past incidents and complaints, the Sandoval County Sheriff’s
Office will be conducting such operations in an attempt to deter
On August 15, the Sandoval County Sheriff’s Office issued
an arrest warrant for a registered sex offender who violated the
New Mexico Sex Offender Registration Act (NMSA 29-11A-1) by failing
to register with the sheriff’s office within ten days after
his release from the custody of the correction’s department
in July. Failure to comply is a fourth-degree felony.
The felon is currently incarcerated in the Sandoval County Detention
Center on unrelated charges. He was booked on the above warrant.
The Sandoval County Sheriff’s Office will continue to be
proactive in monitoring sex offenders and will enforce any violation
of the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act.
On Wednesday, August 17, detectives with the Sandoval County Bureau
of Criminal Investigations Division acted on narcotic information
and executed a search warrant at 131 San Felipe Court in the town
of Bernalillo. Drug paraphernalia, a small amount of marijuana,
and twelve rocks of crack cocaine were seized during the search.
One adult female will be cited and summoned into court for possession
of drug paraphernalia, one adult female was placed under arrest
for possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of crack cocaine,
and the adult male was placed under arrest for possession of crack
cocaine, possession of marijuana, and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Bad checks made good by offender fines
District Attorney Lemuel Martinez has announced that his office’s
Bad Check Restitution Program returned more than $27,000 dollars
to businesses victimized by worthless checks in the 13th Judicial
District during the first five months of this year.
“It’s important to note that this program has not
taken up any work time for the staff in the district attorney’s
office,” Martinez said.
Neither does the program entail any cost for merchants or taxpayers.
“This is the type of public-private initiative that benefits
our citizens, because the program is totally funded through statutory
fees paid by the offenders,” Martinez said.
In 2004, the Bad Check Restitution Program returned more than $38,000
to merchants in the district, which covers Sandoval, Valencia, and
Martinez’ office becomes involved in helping recover losses
from insufficient funds and account-closed checks after the check
writer fails to respond to program notices to remit payment. The
business at that point can file a crime report with the Bad Check
Restitution Program. The prosecutor’s agent then contacts
the check writer, offering the option of making restitution or facing
For further information about the Bad Check Restitution Program,
contact Maria Santillanes Norcia, community relations representative,