Taos law enforcement brings in 14 on warrants

By John Miller
jmiller@taosnews.com
Posted 6/20/19

Officers with the Taos County Sheriff’s Office and the New Mexico Department of Corrections arrested 14 people with active warrants in Taos County from June 11-12, clearing a total of 21 active …

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Officers with the Taos County Sheriff’s Office and the New Mexico Department of Corrections arrested 14 people with active warrants in Taos County from June 11-12, clearing a total of 21 active warrants in the county, many for failures to appear on child abuse and domestic violence cases.

“There were several targeted absconders that were not located and several on the list that the teams simply didn’t have time to look for,” said Taos County Sheriff Jerry Hogrefe, whose undersheriff, Steve Miera, carried out the joint operation. “Future operations are already being planned.”

But resolving all warrants active in Taos County in one shot – or even several – would likely be impossible.

As of Tuesday (June 18), Taos Central Dispatch Supervisor Laurie Weathers said the dispatch center housed 3,292 active warrants. Weathers said the dispatch center receives as many as 20 new warrants each week.

“These are just for municipal, magistrate, district, drug and [juvenile and adult] probation. This is not including any restraint orders we receive as well,” said Weathers.

Law enforcement agencies in the county will sometimes spot someone known to have an active warrant and bring them in. In other cases, county residents will report someone whose face might be known to them from news reports or Taos County Crime Stoppers, which keeps a list of wanted people and their mugshots updated on its website. Less often, a person who knows they have an active warrant will turn themselves in.

Focused operations to round up absconders, however, tend to do the most to trim down the mass of active warrants in the county.

Here’s who was arrested June 11-12:

  • Frank Olonia (born 1963)
  • Dennis Martinez (born 1978)
  • Norman Fernandez (born 1987)
  • Nicholas Trujillo (born 1983)
  • Diego Chavez (born 1982)
  • Gabriela Pacheco-Acosta (born 1996)
  • Albert Lovato (born 1989)
  • Macario Casados (born 1992)
  • Eric Lopez (born 1987)
  • Hector Chavez (born 1980)
  • Richard Ortega (born 1980)
  • Brooks Stebbins (born 1992)
  • Geraldine Buenrostro (born 1988)
  • Robert Santistevan (born 1981)

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