Taos area law enforcement had a busy Thursday (June 21), arresting multiple people around the valley on active outstanding warrants for various charges.
"We’ve been active in hunting fugitives today in a planned operation with the Taos Police Department and Taos County Probation and Parole," said Sheriff Jerry Hogrefe in an email Thursday afternoon at about 3:30 p.m. "I think we are at 10 arrests total so far."
The activity began early in the morning when Taos County Adult Probation and Parole in conjunction with the Taos Police Department and the Taos County Sheriff's Office served search warrants and arrest warrants at the Kachina Lodge, according to a statement from Taos Police Chief David Trujillo. The sweep resulted in two arrests. In addition, law enforcement found narcotics and drug paraphernalia.
The statement said the arrests came after two days of planning, based on tips and an investigation. The two men arrested at the lodge in two different rooms were Michael Romero Sr., 71 and Jose Pablo Martinez, 21, both of Taos, according to Taos Police.
Romero Sr. was charged with possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia. Martinez was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia.
Thursday afternoon shortly before 3 p.m., Probation and Parole with help from the Taos County Sheriff's Office and State Police, served at least one warrant at a house on Maestas Road. A brief standoff occurred when one person barricaded themselves inside the house, according to reports on Taos Central Dispatch. Two people were later arrested, according to Hogrefe. The names of those arrested and the changes were not immediately available and it was unclear if one of them was the person briefly barricaded in the building.
Taos Police Chief David Trujillo said in a press release that the day's arrests were part of a larger joint effort to address the heroin and opioid crisis in the community.
"The Taos Police Department and the Taos County Sheriff's Office are working together to investigate further into the heroin epidemic that is currently of high concern to them and to the residents of our community," Trujillo said in the press release. "These investigations will eventually yield the arrests of others within the community. We have other resources that we will be utilizing in these investigations where we will be targeting drug dealers and their clientele."
More information regarding other suspects arrested will be added as it becomes available.
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