New Mexico State Police Chief Tim Johnson said when his officers got the call they didn’t hesitate to step in.
“The citizens are exhausted, they are done with this violent crime,” Johnson said. “As the recipients of their taxes, we have to figure out how to make it safer for them.”
Chief Johnson says his agency has focused on four key areas around the metro Albuquerque area: arresting violent criminals, aggressive driving on I-25 and I-40, drugs and theft of car.
“We had 93 felony arrests and 58 of them were people with a history of violence in their criminal records,” Johnson said. Not only that, but Johnson said Albuquerque has seen fewer accidents causing injuries and officers have made 21 DWI arrests.
NMSP agents were also responsible for 15 drug seizures and confiscated massive quantities of potentially dangerous narcotics.
“It appears that four or five hundred fentanyl pills have been seized,” Johnson said, adding that he was very grateful for the work done by his agents.
“I am very proud of the men and women who make up this organization who have been asked time and time again to do things sometimes away from home and their families and they say yes and will do the best job they absolutely can. . “