NMSP makes arrests on social media
ALBUQUERQUE, NM (KRQE) – New Mexico State Police are doing all they can to track down drug dealers and social media is becoming an important tool. It is a three-month operation that identified 34 people selling illegal narcotics throughout the Albuquerque area among those 34 people, of whom 18 were arrested.
“By using social media, we have access to just about anything and everything. New Mexico State Police crime enforcement units have focused on social media to identify those who sell illegal drugs on social media, ”Dusty Francisco, with the NMSP.
The NMSP does not disclose the social media platforms it has used during its operations, but claims to use a variety of them. In addition to the 18 arrests made, they were able to seize three pounds of methamphetamine, 439 fentanyl pills and 11 grams of cocaine.
The amount of fentanyl on our streets right now is a growing concern. The Office of the First Judicial District Attorney recently sent out an alert saying they had seen a huge increase, including a man from Rio Arriba found with 1,300 pills, another with 900 and another with 500. Most overdoses from Illegally manufactured fentanyl occur when drug dealers mix. fentanyl with other drugs such as heroin, oxycodone or cocaine. Often times, people are unaware that they are taking fentanyl.
The NMSP hopes this operation can remind parents to watch their children’s phones and computers.
“We ask that you monitor these sites and make sure that any sites your children access on social media to make sure that they are safe sites and that they are not communicating with people they are not. they don’t know, ”Francisco said.
The Albuquerque Police Department carried out a similar operation on social media early last month. They said these cases had led to several recent robberies, shootings and homicides. The APD arrested 10 people during their month-long operation.
As for Operation NMSP, 16 suspects are still at large, some with significant criminal histories. The NMSP has arrest warrants for these people, but did not want to release their names. They said investigators were in communication with them to get them to surrender.