In the past year of Operation Descansos in Santa Fe County, police have cleared more than 600 DWI-related warrants.
This is a news release from New Mexico State Police Sgt. Tim Johnson sent out Thursday morning regarding the operation, which The Santa Fe New Mexican has been a partner in since its inception:
Santa Fe County — The Department of Public Safety, Special Investigations Division (SID), supported by the Santa Fe Underage Drinking Prevention Alliance collaborated with the Santa Fe Police Department and the Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Office to conduct a monthly warrant round-up for DWI offenders who refused to comply with the law. This operation was funded by the New Mexico Department of Transportation.
Santa Fe County “Operation Descansos” started September 26, 2010, when the Santa Fe New Mexican published the names and photos of offenders in Santa Fe County who had outstanding DWI warrants.
In the last two weeks local law enforcement performed two DWI warrant operations in Santa Fe County. During these operations 70 attempts were made, resulting in nine arrests. Since the inception of “Operation Descansos” in September of 2010, 12 such DWI warrant roundups have been conducted. 600 outstanding DWI warrants have been cleared through arrests and surrenders.
In addition, Crime Stoppers has offered a reward to anyone with information on the location of DWI offenders with outstanding DWI warrants. Callers will remain anonymous and could earn a reward of up to $2,000 for information that leads to an arrest in these cases. Santa Fe Crime Stoppers can be reached at (505) 955-5050.