Teamwork key in string of busts
Posted at: 09/23/2013 9:54 PM
By: Caleb James, KOB Eyewitness News 4
Authorities seem to be on a roll in the metro area.
In just the last week, KOB Eyewitness News 4 has shown you gang arrests, child predator arrests, and a big drug bust.
There's something all the operations have in common, and that one thing is getting the credit Monday night for helping to keep us all safer.
It might sound simple, but time and time again teamwork is underestimated...
APD, the Bernalillo and Valencia County sheriff's offices - even the Motor Transport Police - all had a hand in helping federal law enforcement make three big busts in the last week, and the feds call that teamwork their secret ingredient.
Homeland Security Investigations special agent in charge Kevin Abar appeared on KOB twice on Monday. First, to talk about a major marijuana bust on I-40, and a task force snatching 70 online predators searching for sex with children online. Both operations went down in the Albuquerque metro -- both baked with the same special ingredient.
"This is a collaborative effort where we all bring our authorities together and really make a difference here in New Mexico," said Abar.
On the highway, cops and feds seized 250 pounds of weed, together with help from Motor Transport Police.
"They're out there to enforce the safety regulations and of course the criminal laws on New Mexico," said Abar.
Abar says, without the very specific expertise of each law enforcement group, busts may be far fewer, and certainly not as far reaching.
Two Fridays ago, Valencia County asked Homeland Security to assist on a felony warrant roundup.
The agencies worked together, arresting a handful of people, and ended up arresting one guy with two outstanding warrants from 2005 and 2007.