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Three-day warrant sweep results in over 100 arrests

More than 100 people with active warrants in the state were arrested over a three-day period in March as part of an anti-DWI warrant sweep by New Mexico State Police and other law enforcement, officials announced Wednesday.

Of those arrested between March 28 and March 30 in Sandoval, Santa Fe, San Juan, Chaves, Mora, and Doña Ana counties, at least 56 had warrants for failing to show up for court dates on a driving while intoxicated charge, State Police Chief Pete Kassetas said at a news conference with Gov. Susana Martinez on Wednesday.

The project cost $41,024 and was funded by the Administrative Office of the Courts, State Police Sgt. Chad Pierce said.

The department plans to carry out another three-day warrant sweep this summer. Kassetas said that sweep will just target people with DWI-related warrants.

“We’re going to find you,” Martinez said.

The sweeps are part of Martinez’s anti-DWI plan announced in December, which includes sweeps for DWI offenders who have absconded from parole and probation and a program starting in June to monitor certain DWI court cases and publicize them on social media.

Martinez said she hopes the plan targets repeat offenders who “avoid justice” by not showing up to court or getting a light sentence and who are “more likely to continue drinking and driving on our roadways.”