U. S. Marshals implemented Operation Desert Snow last year in December and yesterday reported that the operation was a success. The operation was designed to take action in 33 counties in New Mexico and working with state and local law enforcement to clear the books of many violent fugitives as possible. They executed a five phase plan and partnered with over 40 state, county, local and tribal law enforcement agencies. Since the beginning of Operation Desert Snow in December 2014 to the final phase on August 20 and 21, 2015 there has been 416 arrest/warrants cleared. United States Marshal for the District of New Mexico Conrad E. Candelaria stated that the high level of success was spearheaded and achieved by members of the USMS for the District of New Mexico and that communities are safer because many dangerous and violent fugitives that have arrested and detained and can no longer victimize innocent citizens. He also stated that this success was also achieved through the partnerships with all law enforcement agencies throughout many jurisdictions.
Phase One of Operation Desert Snow began in the Farmington, New Mexico Four-Corners Area which extends to the Arizona border and encompasses the Navajo Nation. From December 12-13, 2014 60 warrants were served and 22 violent fugitives were arrested. Phase Two, February 20-21, 2015, was done in the Southwest corner of the state, which includes Luna County, Sierra County, Dona Ana County, Otero County and Lincoln County. They served over 100 warrants, successfully arrested 24 violent fugitives and clearing 33 warrants in this two- day operation. Phase Three was conducted in six counties in the southeastern part of New Mexico, which included Chaves, Eddy, Curry, Lea, Lincoln and Roosevelt counties on June 5 and 6, 2015. This operation cleared a total of 111 warrants and a total of 60 arrests were made, ranging from drug trafficking to aggravated assault.
Phase Four, June 26 and 27 was done in the Albuquerque Metro area and included participants in Bernalillo County, Valencia County, Sandoval County and Torrance County. During the two day operation 37 fugitives were arrested, 1 missing person was located and 70 warrants were cleared. The final phase, Phase Five was conducted in North Eastern New Mexico on August 20 and 21, 2015. Twenty law enforcement agencies participated with 70 law enforcement officers, this final operation cleared 48 warrants, arrested 42 fugitives and the seizure of two vehicle.