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‘Most Wanted’ Fugitive Caught in Sweep

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The U.S. Marshals Service in New Mexico took part in two separate operations in southern and southeastern New Mexico last week that resulted in the arrest of 54 violent offenders, including Joe Louis Archuleta, an alleged Roswell gang member who was wanted for an attempted armed robbery parole violation, according to a news release. Archuleta was one of the marshals’ “New Mexico’s Most Wanted” offenders.

Archuleta, 36, was arrested by deputies and task force officers conducting “Operation November,” which targeted Chaves, Curry, De Baca, Eddy, Lea and Roosevelt counties in southeastern New Mexico, the marshals said.

A variety of law enforcement agencies participated in the attempt to serve 140 felony warrants for fugitives residing in those counties, and 29 arrests were made.

Besides Archuleta, officers arrested Joe Silva, wanted for receipt, transport and possession of firearms or destructive devices by a felon and unlawful carrying of a deadly weapon; Michael Samario, wanted for aggravated battery, shooting at or from a motor vehicle, receipt or transport of firearms by a felon, possession of methamphetamine and being a felon in possession of a firearm during a drug trafficking crime; and Crystal Castaneda, for armed robbery with a deadly weapon.

The second operation was conducted in the Las Cruces/Dona Ana County area to apprehend more than 35 street-level to mid-level narcotics traffickers, and 25 fugitives were caught during the Nov. 14 sweep, the marshals service said.

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