New Mexico State Police nationally recognized for drug busts
Washington, D.C. (KVII) —
The New Mexico State Police received national recognition for its drug interdiction efforts.
The law enforcement agency was awarded for "Outstanding Interdiction Effort" from the National High Intensity Trafficking Areas Initiative.
According to a press release, New Mexico seized 417 pounds of methamphetamine, 345 pounds of cocaine, 135 pounds of heroin, 1,807 pounds of marijuana and 3,460 pounds of hydroponic marijuana from October 2016 to October 2017. The agency also conducted 424 felony arrests.
Sixteen counties in New Mexico are classified as high intensity drug trafficking areas. State police focused its drug trafficking efforts on New Mexico's major highways including, I-10, I-25 and I-40.
More than 100 agencies were also in the running for the award.