New Mexico Department of Game and Fish
Contact: Mark A Madsen, (505) 624-6135
mark.madsen@state.nm.us

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, JULY 17, 2007

PARTY-SPOT STING LEADS TO 7 ARRESTS, 57 CITATIONS NEAR CARLSBAD

CARLSBAD -- Seven people were arrested and 57 citations were issued at a popular party spot along the Pecos River the weekend of July 14-15 as law enforcement agencies combined forces to curtail illegal littering, alcohol law violations and other offenses.

The Brantley Wildlife Management Area along the Pecos River north of Carlsbad historically has been a law enforcement trouble spot for violations ranging from drug use to littering and battery. The recent multi-agency effort involved officers with the Department of Game and Fish, State Police, Department of Public Safety Special Investigations Division, and the Eddy County Sheriff's Office.

Three people were arrested on alcohol-related charges, and 4 people were arrested for outstanding warrants or revoked driver's licenses. Citations issued included 17 for littering, 8 alcohol violations, 4 off-highway vehicle violations, 5 game and fish violations, 22 traffic violations and one for drug paraphernalia.

The Department of Game and Fish plans to continue enforcing laws at the Wildlife Management Area, one of many properties across the state owned by the State Game Commission and specifically designated for wildlife habitat protection and wildlife-associated recreational opportunities.

Anyone with information about game-law violations is encouraged to call Operation Game Thief at 1-800-432-GAME (4263). Callers can remain anonymous and could be eligible for cash rewards if information leads to charges being filed.  

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