LAS CRUCES, New Mexico - The U.S. Marshals Service's "Operation Triple Beam" led to the arrest of 154 fugitives in southern New Mexico, the agency said Tuesday.
"We want to send the message that our streets are significantly safer than they were 90 days ago," said Sonya Chavez, the U.S. Marshal for New Mexico, in a sit-down interview with ABC-7.
With the help of ten different agencies, marshals arrested 154 fugitives, seized 24 firearms and seized 80 pounds of meth and 2.4 pounds of heroin.
"Everyone here in the marshals service feels a lot of satisfaction knowing that the work that we do is something that benefits our communities," Chavez told ABC-7.
The U.S. Marshals were assisted by: The Las Cruces Police Department, the Doña Ana County Sheriff's Office, New Mexico State Police, the New Mexico Division of Probation and Parole, the Sunland Park Police Department, the Doña Ana County Detention Center, the Drug Enforcement Administration in New Mexico, the Alcohol Tobacco and Firearm's New Mexico office and the FBI's New Mexico office.
"It's an ongoing process. Luckily, we have that great partnership going. So, we will continue to collaborate / coordinate with our local partners."
According to the Marshals Service few notable arrests were 54-year-old Genovevo Alvarez (arrested in connection with trafficking firearms), 41-year-old Mario Reynoso (indicted in connection with meth possession) and 19-year-old Dylan Damian Sanchez, "targeted" in connection with meth-related crimes.