Eddy County, NM - A plot has been uncovered to assassinate eight Officers who work with the Pecos Valley Drug Task Force in Eddy County, New Mexico.
According to Current-Argus, the plot involved officers and deputies with the Carlsbad Police Department, Artesia Police Department and the Eddy County Sheriff's Office, all part of the Pecos Valley Drug Task Force. The plot was discovered on January 31 during a joint investigation conducted by the Carlsbad Police Department and the Eddy County Sheriff's Office.
Suspects planned to use firearms and explosives to harm the targeted Officers. The plan was already in progress when it was discovered, although no officers had yet been hurt. Information from the investigation revealed that the suspects had planned to hire others to carry out their plans.
Several people have been arrested and more arrests are expected. The suspects who have already been arrested had specific information about the targeted officers, including home addresses and vehicle types. Their arrests were for Possession of Drugs and involvement in the plot. More than a dozen fugitives with outstanding warrants were also arrested. The names of the suspects who have been arrested are not being released due to the ongoing investigation.
Two suspects are actively still being sought: Robert T. Matta, 43, of Carlsbad and Michael W. Grantham, 35, of Artesia. Anyone with information on their location is asked to call 911 or 575-887-5194.
In a press release, Eddy County Sheriff Mark Cage said "As professional law enforcement officers, unfortunately, we all know that violence can visit us at any time." He also said that "we take plots such as the one we have been dealing with for the past week very seriously." Additional patrols have been assigned to each targeted Officer's residence and the Officers themselves have been asked to be extra-cautious.
Commander James McCormick of the Pecos Valley Drug Task Force said that the officers were targeted for revenge. He said that this is the fourth time that plots of these types have been stopped since he started working for the task force in 1990.
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