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Search for escaped inmate has cost more than $50K

Kai Porter
June 22, 2018 06:27 PM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – The search for an inmate who escaped from the Metropolitan Detention Center nearly two weeks ago is costing taxpayers tens of thousands of dollars. 

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The Bernalillo County Sheriff's Office says it's already spent about $51,000 in overtime costs searching for Duwin Perez-Cordova. 10 to 20 detectives have been working overtime to investigate leads in the case.

"Our detectives have a current caseload that they were working,” Undersheriff Rudy Mora said. “They're having to put those aside to look for this individual because he is dangerous and he is violent, and he is putting the public at great risk."

Perez-Cordova – who is charged with attempted murder stemming from a 2016 incident – is accused of posing as his cellmate and tricking jail staff into releasing him instead.

Mora said he believes Perez- Cordova is getting help.

"He has his friends and his network that are going to protect him,” he said. “I can tell them that if we find out that they are harboring a felon that they will also face charges as well."

Meanwhile the search is costing taxpayers about $2,000 per week, placing a financial strain on BCSO.

"I've had conversations with the county manager's staff and they're looking to reimburse us,” Mora said. “Because that comes out of the sheriff's department's budget. We have a limited budget that we operate with, and we're anxious and hopeful that we'll get reimbursed for the overtime expended."

U.S. marshals are also involved in the search.

There is a $1,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of Perez-Cordova. If you have any information, you are asked to call Crimestoppers at (505)843-STOP.

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