Police charge 58 in Socorro County drug trafficking investigation

New Mexico State Police have charged 58 people after a four-month investigation into drug trafficking in Socorro County, a spokeswoman announced Thursday night.

“Operation ‘Roadrunner’ involved several different drug trafficking organizations operating in the area selling various types of narcotics, including methamphetamine, cocaine, heroin, marijuana and prescription drugs,” said Sgt. Elizabeth Armijo in a news release.

Police have arrested 42 suspects, and the remaining 16 are still at large.

Armijo said 40 of the defendants are charged with drug-related offenses, and 18 face other charges, including possession of a stolen motor vehicle, felony probation and parole violations, misdemeanor narcotics charges, bench warrants and more.

“Also during the course of the investigation a 2009 Volvo Dump truck, which had been stolen out of Albuquerque, was recovered,” Armijo said.

She said several of the defendants have prior felony convictions and extensive criminal histories.

“The successful investigation and prosecution of these offenders and their criminal organizations impacts not only the availability of illegal narcotics in the area, but other related crimes as well, including property crimes,” Armijo said.

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