SANTA FE – Investigators from the New Mexico Attorney General’s Office have raided the home of Rio Arriba County Commissioner Barney Trujillo, according to Española’s weekly newspaper.
The Rio Grande Sun reports that the investigators, accompanied by State Police officers, showed up at Trujillo’s Chimayó house Friday morning to execute a search warrant. The newspaper’s website published a photo of an Attorney General’s Office investigator at Trujillo’s home.
James Hallinan, spokesman for the AG’s Office, said Friday that the office has a policy against confirming or denying ongoing investigations.
Efforts to reach Trujillo by phone and email Friday were unsuccessful. A woman called back on a number that Trujillo listed on campaign documents filed at the New Mexico Secretary of State’s Office, but she quickly hung up after asked if she was associated with Trujillo.
The AG Office’s interest in Trujillo, who’s in his second term as a county commissioner and was an unsuccessful candidate for a state House seat last year, has been documented in the past.
Early last year, the office filed a request to Rio Arriba County government under the state Inspection of Public Records Act for various documents, including any funds “expended by the County Commission or individual commissioners that are not standard operating expenses,” lobbying services and “County Commissioner Barney Trujillo’s County related activities,” according to a copy of the request obtained by the Journal.
Some of the requested documents related to a county-financed Chimayó playground or “beautification project” that led to charges against a local contractor, brought by the state Construction Industries Division, for contracting without a license.