Rio Arriba County sheriff arrested, accused of obstruction | KOB 4

Rio Arriba County sheriff arrested, accused of obstruction

Christina Rodriguez
Updated: May 23, 2020 10:49 AM
Created: May 21, 2020 12:17 PM

ESPAÑOLA, N.M. — Rio Arriba County Sheriff James Lujan has been arrested. Our partners at the Northern New Mexico Independent were there as Sheriff Lujan was handcuffed Wednesday morning.

Española police have confirmed that he was taken into custody. 


The Northern New Mexico Independent reports this arrest stems from a recent search warrant that was served on the sheriff — in which he did not comply. Lujan has been charged with two counts of resisting, evading or obstructing an officer. 

Officer: I’m telling you what the warrant stipulates.

Sheriff Lujan: I understand that.

Officer: I told you what the warrant stipulates. You had every opportunity to cooperate. You don’t want to cooperate you go to jail.

A spokesperson for the Rio Arriba County Sheriff’s office had no comment on the sheriff’s arrest.

District Attorney Andrea Reeb, who is prosecuting the initial case, said in a statement that the investigation is still ongoing.

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