POLICE FACTOR
Agencies Related to Police Work
IN THIS SECTION  (Agencies and Organizations in Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico related to police work.  Overlap possible with other sections on this website and on River Gold) See Also Borders/Border Patrol COMMENTS OTHER AREAS OR RELATED TOPICS DEA    DRUG ENFORCEMENT ADMINISTRATION   Background     General     Corruption-General-National     Arizona DEA Government Websites    Arizona Issues     Arizona Real or Alleged Corruption    Colorado     Colorado Issues     New Mexico     New Mexico Issues Focal Point - Enrique Camarena Salazar;  McKesson Case AGO   ATTORNEY GENERAL’S OFFICE     Arizona     Colorado     New Mexico     New Mexico Issues (ie, AGO cases)  DPS   DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY     Arizona     Colorado     New Mexico     New Mexico Issues T & R   TAXATION AND REVENUE     Arizona     Colorado     New Mexico COMMENTS This section is largely a compilation of a few key agencies that often interrelate with the police and also take on additional policing related activities.  Corruption in one group can impact others in the network of operations.  Task forces can and often do include various groups in a joint operation.   Sometimes more than one group can take on similar functions. For example, The DEA can take on sleuthing activities which operate like city police department undercover detectives.  The AGO can not only investigate, but work in a legal sense against people, and can bring in other levels of legal action.  It can be a corruption monitor, exposing agent as well as legal worker closely tied to judicial outcomes.  The DPS weaves in and out of highway and transportation related police work.  Please note that quite a bit of DPS related corruption has been discovered off and on over the years in New Mexico in particular.  As mentioned in various places and ways in both River Gold and Police Factor (ie, See Notes/Personal-Strands of Interconnection), social relationships - how people interact with each other - can be behind the cronyism, nepotism, also known as “good old boy networks,”  This can include mutual habits about not only drug usage but how to think about them.  For example, there can be a common understanding the whole USA anti-drug thing is nonsense with lots of double-speak, so that with a little sneaking, anything goes.  Past associations that went well with such drug sneaking, might encourage a sense of non-vulnerability.  For example, maybe a DPS officer has relatives in the police force who saw them getting by with a lot of stuff while he was growing up; he heard the stories.  So when he gets a job, he might assume it is more of the same as what he grew up with.  In another scenario,  a Mexico national who has come into the USA illegally who has seen anything goes where he was from, and who has heard a lot of stories about American weakness and thinks Trump is a stupid airhead, might spur rebellion and resentment in other Hispanics when he comes into an area; he might be more ready to push the envelope.  His air of guff, bag of tricks and risk-taking might embolden New Mexican American natives in drug related activities.  Such tendencies can run like wild fire, getting into police and government through certain players and networks.  A watch for antics aspect in Taxation and Revenue might be a link with the Attorneys General Office in which the players are acting like a Hispanic subgroup going after non-players as a power trip, a grab for state funds for the players, and a racial and even possible religious issue, as in ethno-religionism mentioned elsewhere.  This group will be running operations like a shadow government alongside the main USA, making use of its advantages of monies whi le redirecting state and federal funds for private purposes mostly to advantage “their own kind.”  It can have historical ramifications unique to each state’s Hispanic makeup, with New Mexico having its own ways, Arizona its own, California and Texas their own, etc.  New Mexico in particular might have a certain line of historic continuity in this shadow government approach.  Even with increased efforts to fight corruption, the people themselves fighting the corruption might be running strings of power to push out other groups, sort of like fighting fire with fire, with the next upcoming group an old ongoing layer more secretive and insidious than the messier ones who get caught. OTHER AREAS OR RELATED ISSUES Miscellaneous issues, not comprehensive Colorado Funded DEA Researcher’s Lawsuit against DEA (2019/07/26) why-a-federally-licensed-marijuana-researcher-is-suing-the-dea Note: Clinical Research Related Lawsuit, Scottsdale based, Colorado funded, DC area Court of Appeals, regarding researcher Dr. Sue Sisley of Scottsdale Research Institute wanting to get license to grow more diverse marijuana plants for clinical research, thereby breaking up monopoly of-Univ of Mississippi provider of marijuana plants,  along with better, more pure or potent (or otherwise more analogous to dispensary or black market strains) to study from, including what works for military veteran PTSD https://www.westword.com/marijuana/why-a-federally-licensed-marijuana-researcher-is-suing-the-dea- 11425543 New York Times (2019/10/16) How one DEA agent cracked a China Fentanyl Drug Ring… linked 10,000 pills of desmethyl fentanyl to an address in Colorado https://www.nytimes.com/2019/10/16/magazine/china-fentanyl-drug-ring.html Texas DPS (2018/11/30)Federal Lawsuit culture of corruption at Texas DPS.  By Brittany Glas. https://www.kxan.com/investigations/federal-lawsuit-culture-of-corruption-at-texas-dps/ Excerpt:  The 24-page lawsuit was filed by Ty Clevenger on behalf of Darren Lubbe, a retired special agent with the state Criminal Investigation Division (CID) at DPS. Lubbe says he was retaliated against after he filed a formal harassment complaint. Then he says he was harassed into taking an early retirement. According to the lawsuit, Lubbe was a DPS investigator in 2014 when “his captain began pressuring him to attend the captain’s ‘cowboy church.'” Lubbe refused, which he says resulted in harassment by the captain and his colleagues. https://www.kxan.com/investigations/federal-lawsuit-culture-of-corruption-at-texas-dps/ New Orleans DEA Reason dot com (2019/08/29) A DEA agent got a drug dealer to buy a truck so the agent could seize it through asset forfeiture. Former DEA special agent Chad Scott has been convicted of perjury, obstruction of justice, and falsifying government records.  By CJ Ciaramella. https://reason.com/2019/08/29/a-dea-agent-got-a-drug-dealer-to-buy-a-truck-so-the-agent-could-seize-it- through-asset-forfeiture/ Arizona KTAR (2014/12/04) Study: Arizona most corrupt state in US. By KTAR https://ktar.com/story/94909/study-arizona-most-corrupt-state-in-us/ Excerpt: According to the Harvard study said Arizona had the highest instance of illegal corruption — “private gains in the form of cash or gifts by a government official, in exchange for providing specific benefits to private individuals or groups” — when surveying nearly 1,000 reporters.  To determine the most corrupt states, the authors had reporters rank the instances they see illegal corruption in the different branches of government on a one (least) to five (most) scale. Arizona did not fare well in any ranking, especially the executive and legislative branches, where reporters said they see “very high” instances of corruption. https://ktar.com/story/94909/study-arizona-most-corrupt-state-in-us/ Colorado The Center Square Transparency Lawsuit filed against Colorado Secretary of State https://www.thecentersquare.com/colorado/transparency-lawsuit-filed-against-colorado-secretary-of-state- national-popular/article_60f58428-8e29-11e9-bfe8-335b277e0dfc.html New Mexico - corruption among various departments and agencies - covers corruption as a particular problem in New Mexico Governing dot com (201512/21)  New Mexico Ethics [including former Secretary of State] Dianna Duran https://www.governing.com/topics/politics/gov-new-mexico-ethics-dianna-duran.html The recent resignation, conviction and incarceration of former Secretary of State Dianna Duran for embezzlement and money laundering has already prompted calls for major changes to the state's ethics and campaign finance laws. Duran, who began serving a 30-day sentence on Friday, mixed personal and campaign accounts to fuel a gambling addiction, withdrawing more than $430,000 from her accounts at casinos. https://www.governing.com/topics/politics/gov-new-mexico-ethics-dianna-duran.html  DEA Focal Point Enrique Camarena Salazar New York Times (2018/12/28) El Chapo Trial Mexico Corruption https://www.nytimes.com/2018/12/28/nyregion/el-chapo-trial-mexico-corruption.html Excerpt: Mr. Calderoni, who was partly raised in Texas, eventually became a legendary officer in Mexico, perhaps best known for having helped the American authorities crack the case of Enrique Camarena Salazar, an agent for the Drug Enforcement Administration who was captured, tortured and killed by traffickers* in 1985. But within two years, according to evidence at Mr. Guzmán’s trial, the lawman was already accepting cartel bribes. https://www.nytimes.com/2018/12/28/nyregion/el-chapo-trial-mexico-corruption.html *(1985/03/07) Body of US Drug Agent believed found in Mexico. By Richard J. Meislin https://www.nytimes.com/1985/03/07/world/body-of-us-drug-agent-believed-found-in-mexico.html Excerpt: A Mexican-born naturalized United States citizen, Mr. Camarena Salazar joined the drug agency in 1974 and was posted to Guadalajara in 1980. He is married and has three children.And the former director of the Drug Enforcement Administration, Francis M. Mullen, who recently resigned, publicly accused the Mexican judicial police of protecting one of the chief suspects in the case, Rafael Caro-Quintero, and of allowing him to escape by plane from Guadalajara.  United States complaints over the handlng of the case continued today. One United States diplomat questioned why policemen at El Mareno who ''combed the place'' in a search Tuesday failed to discover the bags, which were found only 20 feet from a road passing the ranch. McKesson Case   (Nation’s Largest Drug Distributor)  Two key names in DEA investigation both retired after 29 and 30 year careers: David Schiller and Helen Kaupang.  Both indicate morale was broken because of the way this case went down. The DEA attorneys and Justice Department put together a deal which did not adequately punish McKesson Corp, when the DEA agents wanted charges to be brought against it. Washington Post (2017/12/17) We feel like our system was hijacked’: DEA agents say a huge opioid case ended in a whimper.  By Lenny Bernstein https://www.washingtonpost.com/investigations/mckesson-dea-opioids-fine/2017/12/14/ab50ad0e-db5b-11e7- b1a8-62589434a581_story.html Excerpt:  After two years of painstaking investigation, David Schiller and the rest of the Drug Enforcement Administration team he supervised were ready to move on the biggest opioid distribution case in U.S. history….The team, based out of the DEA’s Denver field division, had been examining the operations of the nation’s largest drug company, McKesson Corp. By 2014, investigators said they could show that the company had failed to report suspicious orders involving millions of highly addictive painkillers sent to drugstores from Sacramento, Calif., to Lakeland, Fla. Some of those went to corrupt pharmacies that supplied drug rings. The investigators were ready to come down hard on the fifth-largest public corporation in America, according to a joint investigation by The Washington Post and “60 Minutes.”….“This is the best case we’ve ever had against a major distributor in the history of the Drug Enforcement Administration,” said Schiller, who recently retired as assistant special agent in charge of DEA’s Denver field division after a 30- year career with the agency. “I said, ‘How do we not go after the number one organization?’ …None of McKesson’s warehouses would lose their DEA registrations. The company, a second-time offender, had promised in 2008 to be more diligent about the diversion of its pills to the street. It ultimately agreed to temporarily suspend controlled substance shipments at four distribution centers and pay a $150 million fine.  “Within the ranks, we feel like our system was hijacked,” said Helen Kaupang, a DEA investigator and supervisor for 29 years who worked on the McKesson case in Denver before retiring in September…“We could have fined them out of existence, or indicted the company and put them out of business,” the official said. “I’d rather have one of the largest drug distributors be the poster child for detection and reporting of suspicious orders.” ….“It was insulting,” Schiller said. “Morale has been broken because of it.” https://www.washingtonpost.com/investigations/mckesson-dea-opioids-fine/2017/12/14/ab50ad0e-db5b-11e7- b1a8-62589434a581_story.html Colorado Sun (2019/11/11) DEA Subpoena opioid pharmacy board.  By John Ingold https://coloradosun.com/2019/11/11/dea-subpoena-opioid-pharmacy-board/ Pharmacist dot com (2019/11/13) https://www.pharmacist.com/article/why-dea-suing-colorados-pharmacy-board-part-opioid-investigation Background-DEA https://www.huffpost.com/entry/dea-controversies_n_5992324 The Drug Enforcement Administration was established under the Justice Department in 1973 by President Richard Nixon. Its mission was to keep the nation off and away from drugs, which, at least according to the White House, were a moral evil and catalyst of criminal behavior. The agency was formed just two years after Nixon launched what became known as the “war on drugs.” Congress and the rest of the nation remained convinced that the scourge of narcotics and drug abusers — and perhaps particularly those who were young, poor or black — was pounding at the gates. Over the next four decades, with most drug policy now firmly in the grips of  law enforcement officials, the DEA’s annual budget saw a fortyfold increase, going from a paltry $75 million to nearly $3 billion in 2014. https://www.huffpost.com/entry/dea-controversies_n_5992324 General-DEA https://www.dea.gov/ Corruption - DEA-General Across the USA.  Watch For Antics on any DEA corruption related news in the sense that cartels and anti-American groups could be linked to the bad press in some way.  However, we also of course need to consider the possibilities if the news stories are true.  For example, several of the more liberal news groups might be linked to civil rights groups in turn linked to something like the Muslim Mafia or Russian Mafia.  These are a couple of many examples.  By casting doubt on the American system and policing and security forces, we could be sucked into a long-term anti- American agenda.  We must not instantly mistrust the news stories, but we should use discernment and attempt to seek additional data. Anonhq https colon //anonhq dot com/corruption-in-the-dea-drugs-stolen-guns-prostitutes-and-they-get-to-keep- their-jobs/ Excerpt:  Based on newly disclosed records, it would appear the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) is guilty of the very crimes they bust people for on a daily basis, and of course, punishments within the department are rarely (if ever) administered. From distributing drugs, to attending cartel parties with prostitutes, over 200 agents within the department have been found guilty of crimes that would be punishable by law to normal citizens, and the vast majority have not only gotten to keep their jobs, but never actually faced criminal charges. According to USA Today: “The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration has allowed its employees to stay on the job despite internal investigations that found they had distributed drugs, lied to the authorities or committed other serious misconduct, newly disclosed records show.  “Of the 50 employees the DEA’s Board of Professional Conduct recommended be fired following misconduct investigations opened since 2010, only 13 were actually terminated, the records show. And the drug agency was forced to take some of them back after a federal appeals board intervened.” https colon //anonhq dot com/corruption-in-the-dea-drugs-stolen-guns-prostitutes-and-they-get-to-keep- their-jobs/ Huffington Post (2017) DEA Controversies.  By Nick Wing. https://www.huffpost.com/entry/dea-controversies_n_5992324 Excerpts:  2012 - Daniel Chong Case - $4.1 million settlement - The DEA imprisoned an innocent suspect in a holding cell for five days without food or water.  Excerpts: corrupt DEA agents made millions off the drugs they were supposed to be taking off the street. https://www.huffpost.com/entry/dea-controversies_n_5992324 Illegal Alien Crime Report dot com (2019/09/26)  DEA Agent was working for drug cartel.  Ex-Marine Fernando Gomez infiltrated DEA in 2011. By Dave Gibson. https://www.illegalaliencrimereport.com/corruption-dea-agent-was-working-for-drug-cartel/ Excerpt:  NEW YORK CITY, NY (AP) – A federal narcotics agent scheduled to stand trial this month has pleaded guilty to participating in a decade long drug conspiracy that involved the smuggling of thousands of kilograms of cocaine from  to New York.  Prosecutors said Fernando Gomez, a former U.S. Marine, infiltrated the Drug Enforcement Administration in 2011 and remained a federal agent until his arrest last year, even as he assisted a drug trafficking ring known for slaughtering its rivals. https://www.illegalaliencrimereport.com/corruption-dea-agent-was-working-for-drug-cartel/ Arizona-DEA-Government Websites DEA dot gov Phoenix https://www.dea.gov/domestic-divisions/phoenix Serving Arizona in the Phoenix, Flagstaff, Lake Havasu, Nogales, Sierra Vista, Tucson, and Yuma areas; led by Apolonio Ruiz , Acting Special Agent in Charge. DEA dot gov Arizona 2019/10/22  DEA deploys 360 strategy Northern Arizona’s Yavapai-Apache Nation https://www.dea.gov/press-releases/2019/10/22/dea-deploys-360-strategy-northern-arizonas-yavapai-apache- nation-address Excerpt:  The DEA’s Phoenix Field Division will facilitate the DEA 360 strategy through prevention and education efforts in Northern Arizona and specifically, the Yavapai-Apache Nation. The goals of the partnership include bringing an enhanced awareness of the dangers of consequences of opioid abuse, including powerful opioids like fentanyl and its analogues.  The Diversion Control program will focus on educating practitioners in the area regarding regulatory policies and enhance communication between the DEA and its registrants to reduce opportunities for diverted controlled pharmaceuticals to enter the community.  Additionally, DEA 360 will enhance current demand reduction efforts by bringing the national resources of the Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America, DEA Educational Foundation, Partnership for Drug-Free Kids, Benevolent & Protective Order of Elks, Discovery Education and many others, to further educate and empower local communities to fight the opioid crisis. Through these prevention efforts and collaborations, the goal is to provide the best supportive measures for building lasting drug-free communities. https://www.dea.gov/press-releases/2019/10/22/dea-deploys-360-strategy-northern-arizonas-yavapai-apache- nation-address Arizona-DEA-Issues ABC 15 Arizona. Youtube video (2017/03/14) DEA: Arizona is corridor for Mexican drug cartels.  Meth seizures in Arizona increase 72% https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z1HbucK_VGg Arizona-DEA Corruption (Real or Alleged Corruption) Arizona Daily Independent (DEA agents sued) (2019/10/06) $5.15 Million Lawsuit Filed, Cochise County Judicial Candidate, DEA Agents Sued. By Terri Jo Neff. https://arizonadailyindependent.com/2019/10/06/5-15-million-lawsuit-filed-cochise-county-judicial-candidate- dea-agents-sued/ Excerpt:  A Cochise County businessman has filed a $5.15 million federal lawsuit against six law enforcement officials he contends engaged in a conspiracy to violate his civil rights during a marijuana drug trafficking investigation that ran from 2008 to 2015.  he lawsuit by Loren Jay Sheldon alleges Lt. Curtis Wilkins of the Cochise County Sheriff’s Office, Special Agent Kenneth Fletcher of Homeland Security Investigations, and four DEA agents facilitated the conspiracy by fabricating evidence and making false statements to judges and the grand jury leading to Sheldon’s arrest in 2015.  Sheldon, 72, also alleges former Cochise County prosecutor Roger Contreras committed malicious prosecution for charging a case that the U.S. Attorney’s Office and the Arizona Attorney General’s Office previously refused to prosecute. The county’s top judge later issued a rare court order clearing Sheldon of all charges without a trial.  “In hindsight, it is now apparent there was no realistic probability the State could ever prove the charges beyond a reasonable doubt,” Presiding Judge James Conlogue ruled in October 2018.  According to court records, Sheldon was operating a trucking and gravel company in Whetstone when Wilkins received a tip in 2008 that marijuana bundles were being stored on Sheldon’s property before being transported out of the area in his trucks. At the time, Wilkins was assigned to the Border Alliance Group, a multi-agency drug interdiction taskforce in Cochise County. https://arizonadailyindependent.com/2019/10/06/5-15-million-lawsuit-filed-cochise-county-judicial-candidate- dea-agents-sued/ Colorado-DEA DEA Denver Division https://www.dea.gov/domestic-divisions/denver Excerpt as of 2019/11/22 Denver Division.  Serving Colorado, Montana, Wyoming, and Utah; led by Special Agent in Charge Deanne L. Reuter https://www.dea.gov/domestic-divisions/denver Colorado Issues-DEA See also: (2017/12/31) DEA Whistleblower EXPOSES Corruption That Led To Opioid Crisis https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nGpzEk6n48o CPR dot org (2015/02/19) Ex-DEA heads back marijuana lawsuit against Colorado https://www.cpr.org/2015/02/19/ex-dea-heads-back-marijuana-lawsuit-against-colorado/ McKesson Case - See more at DEA Focal Point Washington Post (2017/12/17) We feel like our system was hijacked’: DEA agents say a huge opioid case ended in a whimper.  By Lenny Bernstein https://www.washingtonpost.com/investigations/mckesson-dea-opioids-fine/2017/12/14/ab50ad0e-db5b-11e7- b1a8-62589434a581_story.html Denver Post (2015/02/19) Ex-DEA chiefs side with Nebraska and Oklahoma in pot lawsuit vs. Colorado https://www.denverpost.com/2015/02/19/ex-dea-chiefs-side-with-nebraska-and-oklahoma-in-pot-lawsuit-vs- colorado/ New Mexico-DEA https://www.drugenforcementedu.org/new-mexico/albuquerque/ Excerpt:  The District Office of the DEA (Drug Enforcement Administration) for New Mexico is located in Albuquerque. This office is part of the El Paso Division of the agency. Albuquerque is a location for both nationwide drug trafficking and high levels of drug consumption. DEA agents in Albuquerque focus on a number of different aspects of drug trafficking.  Stopping the flow of drugs into and out of Bernadillo County is a high priority, as is targeting the sale of drugs in Albuquerque.  One successful strategy that DEA agents have been using to intercept drug shipments is to work with local authorities to monitor trains, buses, and vehicles travelling through the city.  Those with careers in the DEA make frequent busts in Albuquerque. New Mexico Issues - DEA Text messages from drug dealers targeting University of New Mexico students in Albuquerque led to a bust by DEA agents in April 2013.  Ketamine, marijuana, and Ecstasy were all for sale. In February 2013, twenty-one traffickers were charged with using false and fraudulent prescription to obtain oxycodone.  The arrests are the result of Operation Paper Trail, initiated by the DEA’s Albuquerque Tactical Diversion Squad and the New Mexico Board of Pharmacy. An investigation by the Albuquerque office of the DEA led to the November 2012 arrest of an Albuquerque trafficker who had 21 pounds of methamphetamine that he intended to sell.  This was the biggest methamphetamine bust in Albuquerque in recent years. https://www.drugenforcementedu.org/new-mexico/albuquerque/ US News (2019/09/26) DEA: New Mexico Police Employee May Have Tipped Trafficker: Federal officials say one or more employees for a northern New Mexico police department may have tried to help a suspected drug trafficker. https://www.usnews.com/news/best-states/new-mexico/articles/2019-09-26/dea-new-mexico-police- employee-may-have-tipped-trafficker Excerpt:  One or more employees for a northern New Mexico police department may have tried to help a suspected drug trafficker who was later arrested in a federal sting, police documents filed in court alleged. The search warrant affidavit filed recently in U.S. District Court said the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration believed someone within the Las Vegas Police Department alerted suspected trafficker Robert Corbin Padilla about an investigation against him, the Las Vegas Optic newspaper reported . https://www.usnews.com/news/best-states/new-mexico/articles/2019-09-26/dea-new-mexico-police- employee-may-have-tipped-trafficker Attorney General’s Office  Arizona-Attorney General’s Office https://www.azag.gov/ Excerpt: The Attorney General serves as the chief legal officer of the State. The Attorney General is mandated by our constitution and elected to a four-year term by the people of Arizona.The Attorney General's Office represents and provides legal advice to most State agencies; enforces consumer protection and civil rights laws; and prosecutes criminals charged with complex financial crimes and certain conspiracies involving illegal drugs. In addition, all appeals statewide from felony convictions are handled by this Office.The Arizona Attorney General’s Office, through the Child and  Family Protection Division, provides legal services to all the divisions of the Department of Economic Security (DES), including the Division of Child Support Services (DCSS). It also provides legal services to the Department of Child Safety.The Attorney General’s Office brings and defends lawsuits on behalf of the State and prepares formal legal opinions requested by State officers, legislators, or county attorneys on issues of law.The Attorney General’s Office has jurisdiction over Arizona's Consumer Fraud Act, white collar crime, organized crime, public corruption, environmental laws, civil rights laws, and crimes committed in more than one county. Additionally, this Office prosecutes cases normally handled by county attorneys when they have a conflict. The Attorney General’s Office is the largest law office in the State. The Office is divided into: Criminal Division State Government Division Child and Family Protection Division Civil Litigation Division Appeals and Constitutional Litigation Division Communications Division Operations https://www.azag.gov/ Attorney General’s Office - Colorado https://www.stopfraudcolorado.gov/ Attorney Generals Office - New Mexico https://www.nmag.gov/ Hector Balderas New Mexico Attorney General since 2015; note:   Balderas also serves as the elected treasurer National Association of Latino Elected Officials. https://www.nmag.gov/ We protect New Mexicans in order to make our communities safer and more prosperous.  We prosecute criminal and civil offenses; advocate for consumers and those without a voice; empower the public by proactively educating them and connecting them with beneficial resources; and serve as legal counsel for the State and its agents. https://www.nmag.gov/ Special Investigations https://www.nmag.gov/special-investigations.aspx The Investigations Division of the Office of the Attorney General is comprised of separate units, each handling investigations in its own specialty area. Special Investigations Unit Internet Crimes Against Children Unit Anti-Money Laundering Unit The Investigations Division also provides investigative oversight and guidance to the OAG Medicaid Fraud Investigation Unit. First Steps in Reporting a Crime Call 911 Contact your local Police or Sheriff Department and file a criminal report. If you suspect government corruption or fraud call 1-844-255-9210​ and ask for Special Investigations. https://www.nmag.gov/special-investigations.aspx New Mexico Issues - AGO Some Cases Handled by the AGO Catholic Clergy Abuse KUNM (2018/09/06) https://www.kunm.org/post/ag-church-and-state-must-come-clean-about-clergy-abuse US Air Force Task and Purpose (2019/11/25) 'This is absolutely a corruption case' — New Mexico AG blasts Air Force over toxic water contamination at US bases. By Michael Gerstein. https://taskandpurpose.com/new-mexico-corruption-air-force Excerpt: Months after suing the federal government over the discharge of toxic, cancer-causing chemicals that have tainted New Mexico's groundwater, Attorney General Hector Balderas now says he considers the lawsuit against the U.S. Air Force a public "corruption case." https://taskandpurpose.com/new-mexico-corruption-air-force New Mexico Political Report 2019/03/06 http://nmpoliticalreport.com/2019/03/06/intolerant-of-groundwater-contamination-nm-sues-air-force-over- pfas-pollution/ Excerpt: In a lawsuit against the U.S. Air Force, New Mexico alleges the military isn’t doing enough to contain or clean up dangerous chemicals that have seeped into the groundwater below two Air Force bases in the state. On Tuesday, New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas and the New Mexico Environment Department (NMED) filed a complaint in federal district court, asking a judge to compel the Air Force to act on, and fund, cleanup at the two bases near Clovis and Alamogordo. “We have significant amounts of PFAS in the groundwater, under both Cannon and Holloman Air Force bases,” NMED Secretary James Kenney told NM Political Report. SLTRIB 2018/03/11 https colon //www dot 2keller dot  com/blog/nm-attorney-general-suing-preferred-care-inc-nursing-homes dot cfm Excerpt: Vivint Solar accused of dishonest sales practices by New Mexico attorney general Attorney General Hector Balderas filed a lawsuit in state district court against Vivint Solar over claims that the company engaged in a pattern of unfair and unconscionable business practices, fraud and racketeering Keller and Keller New Mexico Attorney General Suing Nursing Home Chain Preferred Care, Inc https colon //www dot 2keller dot  com/blog/nm-attorney-general-suing-preferred-care-inc-nursing-homes dot cfm Las Cruces Sun New Mexico Attorney General suing about 50 companies; here's why https://www.lcsun-news.com/story/news/local/new-mexico/2019/08/19/new-mexico-lawsuit-testosterone-gel- attorney-general-hector-balderas/2046585001/ New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas is suing the makers and distributors of a testosterone gel for false advertising.  In a lawsuit recently filed in state District Court, Balderas accuses four national pharmaceutical companies of carrying out a "deceptive and misleading marketing scheme designed to redefine the natural male aging process as a curable disease state." https://www.lcsun-news.com/story/news/local/new-mexico/2019/08/19/new-mexico-lawsuit-testosterone-gel- attorney-general-hector-balderas/2046585001/ State AG investigates claims Pulte is not honoring home warranties https://www.santafenewmexican.com/news/business/state-ag-investigates-claims-pulte-is-not-honoring- home-warranties/article_445e3dde-bf4d-5752-b4ad-b82dd7857c79.html DPS (Department of Public Safety) Arizona DPS https://www.azdps.gov/ Colorado DPS https://www.colorado.gov/publicsafety New Mexico DPS https://www.dps.nm.gov About the New Mexico DPS-Excerpt: The NM DPS is committed to providing the highest quality of public safety services for the State of New Mexico and its law enforcement community. We will constantly evaluate and develop our efforts to become a national model in providing ethical, innovative, effective, efficient and customer-oriented, public safety services to the citizens and ... Concealed Carry Licenses 12/13/2019 Albuquerque, NM New Mexico Department of Game and Fish 7816 Alamo … DPS Divisions and Bureaus Office of the New Mexico State Police Chief (505) 827-9219. Road Conditions 1-800 … Contact Information Office of the New Mexico State Police Chief (505) 827-9219. Road Conditions 1-800 … Sex Offender Registry Sex Offender Registry manages the Offender Watch system which is used by the Sheriff’s … https://www.dps.nm.gov/ New Mexico DPS Issues (2019/10/30) Sex offenders suing New Mexico sheriffs, DPS.  By Jackie Kent. https://www.krqe.com/news/new-mexico/sex-offenders-suing-new-mexico-sheriffs-dps/ Excerpt: The lawsuit states that registering as a sex offender in New Mexico entails “significant burdens.” “[They are required to] report to the sheriff every 90 days; tell your employer that you’re a registered sex offender; provide all of your information about your vehicle; and be published on the internet, all when, in fact, you may not even need to register in this state,” Porter said.  In one example, the lawsuit said one of the John Does was convicted of sexual assault and only had a 10-year registration period in Colorado but has to register for life in New Mexico. https://www.krqe.com/news/new-mexico/sex-offenders-suing-new-mexico-sheriffs-dps/ T & R  TAXATION AND REVENUE Arizona AZDOR https://azdor.gov Colorado https://www.colorado.gov/REVENUE New Mexico New Mexico Taxation and Revenue http://www.tax.newmexico.gov/ Corruption AP News https://apnews.com/7e92d0bbd60042e09bf0d25276abb40c Excerpt: The former head of New Mexico’s Taxation and Revenue Department was charged Thursday with embezzlement and multiple corruption and ethics violations in her role as Cabinet secretary. Demesia Padilla is charged with embezzlement of more than $20,000 and five counts of violating ethical principles of public service, state district court documents show. The charges include computer access with intent to defraud. https://apnews.com/7e92d0bbd60042e09bf0d25276abb40c Updates: 2020/01/04 Arizona Daily Independent (DEA agents sued)(2019/10/06)  Reason dot com-(2019/08/29 article added; 2019/12/20 Westword-2019/07/26 DEA lawsuit added; more added to McKesson case incl. 2017/12/31 youtube whistleblower video. 2019/12/18-KRQE-2019/10/30 added; 019/12/17 More work fleshing out the Agencies section. 2019/12/16-DEA AZ Corruption Section added; DEA-Colorado Corruption Section w/McKesson Case added; 2019/12/08 IN THIS SECTION created, sections filled in more, particularly the DEA one, adding Arizona, particularly work done in 360 program in Northern Arizona. 2019/11/22 Colorado DEA added; Church corruption case Balderas/NMAG added; DEA background Huff Post added. 2019/11/21page started: