Albuquerque woman jailed more than 170 times | KOB 4

Albuquerque woman jailed more than 170 times

Joy Wang
December 12, 2018 06:32 AM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – An Albuquerque woman has been jailed over  170 times over 23 years and has faced nearly 300 charges.


Over two decades, Rubia Nelson has been charged with crimes of shoplifting, escaping jail and bringing drugs into a correctional facility.

In her most recent arrest, Nelson was charged with seven crimes including, possession of heroin and methamphetamine.

“We continuously deal with her,” said Officer Simon Drobik. “We want to make sure people know that we're out there arresting people. How are these people falling through the cracks? 170 arrests? I couldn't tell you.”

Police said Nelson is a known drug user and dealer.

“She’s an example of someone who refuses to get help. Many many many times we've tried to get her help. I'm sure the judicial system they've tried to get her help. So just because we can get her to the table, doesn't mean she's going to stay there,” Drobik said.

Drobik said the city has given Nelson vouchers for a hotel to stay off the streets but in her most recent arrest, the arresting lieutenant found out that she sold the vouchers for drugs.

“Dangerous for her to be in that situation even though she may choose to be in that situation. Dangerous for the public who are going downtown to have that you know enjoy that area. And it's just frustrating all the way around,” Drobik told KOB.


Joy Wang

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