State Police cracking down on illegal activities at State Fair
Posted at: 09/19/2013 10:21 PM
By: Danielle Todesco, KOB Eyewitness News 4
While people are having fun inside the New Mexico State Fair, New Mexico State Police are working behind the scenes to stop illegal activity.
They say they have 30 officers, four sergeants, and a lieutenant every single day at the fairgrounds patrolling.
KOB Eyewitness News 4 went on a ride-along with them Thursday night. Right as we arrived, a man was being arrested for aggravated DWI. State Police say he was kicked out of the fair for disorderly conduct, then caught driving drunk down Louisiana Boulevard.
State Police also patrol the parking lots, looking for people parking in the handicapped spots without a placard.
"It's frustrating to see an able-bodied person get out of the car parked in a handicapped spot and just leaving when you know that there's someone out there that really needs that and they're cheated now," Sergeant Emmanuel Gutierrez of the State Police said.
Albuquerque Police also have officers undercover inside the fair. Thursday night, they said they caught two men doing a drug deal inside the fairgrounds. They also said the men put up a fight when they were being arrested.
Sgt. Gutierrez said this week they have had one car reported stolen at the fair, have made an arrest for meth possession, and have dealt with several disorderly conduct calls inside the fairgrounds