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DEA warns of extortion scheme in New Mexico

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The Drug Enforcement Administration is warning New Mexico residents about an extortion scheme involving impostors posing as DEA agents.

Sean Waite, assistant special agent in charge of the DEA’s Albuquerque district office, says the scam appears to have made its way to New Mexico and the agency telling residents to watch out.

According to the scheme, victims who buy drugs over the internet or by telephone are contacted by fake DEA agents who tell the victims they have broken the law. The agency says the scam artists, who stole the victims’ private information, then demand that the victims to pay a “fine.”

Waite says no DEA agent will demand money from residents for any reason.

He says those contacted by suspected fake agents should call the DEA immediately.

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