Homeland Security hoping to curtail gang activity in state

Created: 12/12/2013 6:46 PM
By: Jen Samp, KOB Eyewitness News 4

Despite recent budget cuts to the nation, Homeland Security Investigations is expanding in New Mexico.

They're putting more pressure on gang members in our state.

"Both local and federal agencies are overburdened with the crimes that are out there so what we've done was that we actually merged together," said Kevin Abar with HIS. He says within the past six to eight months their presence increased in New Mexico specifically in Santa Fe, Taos, Farmington and Española.

"We actually pushed it into what we call our Northern Alliance," Abar said. "New Mexico is not the place to be a gang member."

He says the gang activity varies from drug dealing to moving mass quantities of cash across the state.

They're taking on these crime organizations the same way one would put a company out of business.

"We go after supply," said Abar, "The movement of people, and items."

The gang members caught are not only taken off the streets, but also out of the state because they'll most likely go to a federal prison.

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