Suspects arrested

On Wednesday, September 4, Attorney General Hector Balderas, in coordination with Seventh Judicial District Attorney Clint Wellborn, Socorro County Sheriff’s Office, Ninth Judicial District Attorney Andrea Reeb, Curry County Sheriff’s Office, Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Office, Region V Drug Task Force, Region IV Probation and Parole, Portales Police Department, and Clovis Police Department, conducted phase I of Operation Steel Net.

The operation was a coordinated law-enforcement effort to find and arrest violent offenders with outstanding warrants in rural and urban communities in Socorro County, Curry County and Roosevelt County. The operation is a result of months’ worth of intelligence gathering, analysis, and coordination with local law enforcement to execute Operation Steel Net on September 4 and 5.

This operation resulted in 23 successful arrests of violent criminals wanted by the court.

In Socorro, authorities apprehended Larry Silva, charged with Aggravated Battery; Felicia Savedra, charged with Child Abuse; Joshua Sisneros, charged with Armed Robbery; and Jamie Chavez, charged with Battery on a Police Officer.

Clint Wellborn, Seventh Judicial District Attorney said he looks forward to getting those cases back on track.

“My office appreciates the efforts of the Attorney General’s Office and law enforcement in apprehending defendants in the Seventh Judicial District who had failed to comply with their conditions of release and failed to show up for their hearings in court,” Wellborn said.

In the Ninth Judicial District, DA Andrea Reeb stated, “I’m extremely excited the Ninth Judicial District Attorney’s Office was able to work in conjunction with the Attorney General’s Office and local law enforcement to help take some of Clovis and Portales’s most violent offenders out of our community. It was an extremely successful operation and our community is safer because of these arrests.”

This operation came as a result of the Governor’s Task Force on Violent Crime. The Office of the Attorney General continues to partner with multiple law-enforcement entities throughout the State to continue fighting for the safety of New Mexico families.

“We believe it is vital to collaborate with district attorneys and law enforcement throughout the State to pursue justice for New Mexicans,” Attorney General Balderas said. “No community should be left behind when targeting violent crime.”