Luna County Sheriff Raymond Cobos
(Deming) – Luna County Sheriff Raymond Cobos is questioning whether six years of incarceration is enough for a convicted murder and escaped convict.
Ernesto Gutierrez, who was convicted in the August 1983 stabbing death of Francisco “Kiki” Rodriguez at the Esquivias Lounge south of Deming, is scheduled for a parole hearing Friday.
Gutierrez was sentenced to 12 years in the New Mexico Corrections system in September of 1983 – 30 years ago – for Rodriguez’s death, but escaped from the Southern New Mexico Correctional Facility west of Las Cruces in November of 1984 – just over a year later – and lived for over 23 years as a fugitive in Mexico before being caught again in January of 2008 and extradited to New Mexico to serve his time.
Cobos, who was a captain and one of Gutierrez’s arresting officers in 1983, said he is sending a letter to the parole board saying he doesn’t feel six total years of incarceration is adequate to address Gutierrez’s murder and escape-from-custody charges.
Interestingly, Gutierrez was in Luna County that fateful day in 1983 because he had fled Mexico after reportedly slashing the throat of a Mexican police chief.
Gutierrez and his brother, Manuel, were both sentenced for Rodriguez’s murder, but Manuel was unsuccessful in his escape attempt and served his time decades ago.
(Columbus) - U.S. Customs and Border Protection Office of Field Operations officers working at the Columbus port of entry made an unusual discovery Thursday afternoon. They found a man lying face down in a shipment of red chile.
CBP agriculture specialists were initiating an examination of a commercial shipment of chile when they found a man sprawled out on top of the load, said Columbus Port Director Robert Reza. There was a bottle of tequila next to him and he appeared to be highly intoxicated when we encountered the subject.
The 35-year-old Mexican male told CBP officers he climbed into the commercial hopper while it was being staged in Mexico hoping to catch a ride to Chicago. His ill-fated journey to the United States lasted less than 100 yards when he was met by CBP. He was processed for expedited removal and returned to Mexico. CBP agriculture specialists continued their exam without incident and released the shipment and notified the importer of their unexpected discovery.
While anti-terrorism is the primary mission of U.S. Customs and Border Protection, the inspection process at the ports of entry associated with this mission results in impressive numbers of enforcement actions in all categories.
(Deming) – Deming business owners are being warned to watch for counterfeit $100 bills being circulated in the area.
Deming Police Chief Michael Carillo said three counterfeits were discovered by businesses Wednesday. Four businesses reported receiving the bills the day before.
Carillo cautioned that these bills may pass a normal counterfeit-verification pen swipe because they are actual $5 bills being chemically washed and then reprinted with the $100 bill image.
They are detectable as counterfeits, however, because of the lower quality ink and the watermark.
Detective Clint Hogan said the $5 bill watermark is evident on the fake $100s, so people need to hold the bills up to a light and look for the large number 5 in the watermark and the strip that indicates the bill’s true denomination.
Hogan asked that anyone receiving a fake bill retain it and call the Deming Police Department instead of returning it to the customer.
Carillo said they have two suspects – an Anglo male and a Hispanic male – and information on suspect vehicles. The investigation is continuing.
(Las Cruces-Deming) The verdict is in for a Deming family accused of selling guns to a Mexican Drug Cartel member.
KOB-TV is reporting that the parents and two sons, owners of local Deming business New Deal Shooting Sports, have been found not guilty of gun smuggling charges.
Rick Reese, his wife Terri Reese and their two sons Ryin and Remington Reese were charged for selling weapons and ammunition from the family gun store in Deming. One of the sons, Remington Reese has been acquitted on all charges.
However, Rick, Terri and Ryin Reese were found guilty on much lesser charges including making false statements. But again the family has been found NOT guilty on the most serious gun smuggling charges. Additional information will follow.
*photos from Luna County Detention Center - Las Cruces Sun News
Deming Police Department
(Deming) – The Deming Police Department has been given an “F” when it comes to preventing racial profiling, but Chief Michael Carillo says the grade is unfair.
Deming is listed among the 78% of law enforcement agencies in the state that reportedly have not complied with regulations established by state law to prevent racial profiling, according to a report released Thursday.
The report, published by the NAACP of New Mexico and immigrant advocacy group Somos Un Pueblo Unido, revealed that the majority of New Mexico’s departments are not complying with the basic requirements established by the law approved in 2009.
Those requirements make police departments update their rules, publish them and have them available to the public.
Also, departments must keep forms available so people can file complaints if they feel they’ve been the victims of racial
But Carillo said not only has the Deming Police Department had a policy against racial profiling for some time… but that policy was recently updated with the department’s efforts to become accredited by the New Mexico Municipal League.
Carillo said he submitted information and forms on the departments’ process for dealing with complaints about officers in April to the two groups… and told the representative that the Deming department was in the process of revising its policy against racial profiling and he would submit that once completed.
Carillo submitted the completed revised policy by fax on June 6th… and said the grade of “F” is unfair.
Luna County Dispatch 700 S. Silver St. Deming
(Deming) – Misdemeanor charges have been filed on two local dispatchers for allegedly releasing Crime Stoppers information to non-law enforcement
27-year-old Julie Avila and 30-year-old Michelle Flores have been charged under a confidentiality statute that applies to unlawfully and intentionally releasing confidential information gained through a program relating to criminal
The state statute appears to be specifically aimed at maintaining the integrity of anonymous crime prevention and intervention programs such as Crime
A statement of probable cause filed in Luna County Magistrate Court says Avila and Flores released confidential information obtained through the local Crime Stoppers tip line to non-law enforcement personnel.
The Crime Stoppers line – 546-7800 – is billed as being anonymous with calls never recorded or traced. It is set up to allow persons to report crimes without
repercussions, and sometimes with a financial reward incentive.
The two dispatchers reportedly have been let go of their jobs at Central Dispatch.
TAKE BACK INITIATIVE SATURDAY
(Deming) -- Local law enforcement and other service providers are participating Saturday in a nationwide Drug Enforcement Administration initiative to get outdated
prescription drugs out of homes.
Officials say unused prescription drugs often become part of the illegal substance abuse problem in a community.
Many people are concerned about the best way to dispose of unused and outdated prescription drugs... and since most abused prescription drugs come from family and friends, people are urged to dispose of their unwanted medications before they unwittingly become a drug provider.
The location for this Saturday's D-E-A "take back" initiative will be Wal-Mart, and drop-off boxes
will be set up from 10 a-m to 2 p-m.
Residents are asked to drop off their unused, unwanted and expired prescription drugs -- no questions asked. They are asking you to place any liquid medications in a sealed container and not to bring needles or syringes.