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U.S. Marshals Make Major Bust in New Mexico with Convicted Federal Felon





Hobbs, N.M. – On Thursday, January 19, the United States Marshals Service District of New Mexico – Southwest Investigative Fugitive Team (USMS-SWIFT) in collaboration with the Lea County Drug Task Force, and the Lea County Sheriff’s Office captured a fugitive wanted for a federal warrant in Hobbs.


In the press release the U.S. Marshals says, Jose Menchaca, 26, was wanted on warrant for Federal Supervised Release Violation out of the District of New Mexico. Original charge is for Heroin.


This morning, the United States Marshals Service, the Lea County Drug Task Force and the Lea County Sheriff’s Office arrested Menchaca at his residence near the 1200 block of Scharbauer St.



Officers received intelligence that Menchaca was dealing drugs from his residence.

During a search warrant of the residence: 6 weapons were recovered, ammunition, several bags of fentanyl, and cash was seized. Menchaca faces new federal weapons and drug charges.


“The Lea County Drug Task Force appreciates the collaborative effort put forth by all in helping make today’s arrest. The safety of our community is our number one priority.” said Commander Jeff Moyers Lea County Drug Task Force

After his arrest, Menchaca was transported to the Lea County Detention Center by the Lea County Sheriff’s Office pending an Initial Appearance in Federal Court.


“We are thankful for our partnership with the Lea County Drug Task Force and the Lea County Sheriff’s Office. With their assistance today, we were able to apprehend a dangerous fugitive and take guns and drugs off the streets of Hobbs.”, said Sonya K. Chavez, U.S. Marshal for the District of New Mexico. “If you are dealing drugs and bringing guns into our communities, we will find you and hold you accountable.”


New Mexico court records indicate Menchaca had a battery against a household member case in 2017 that was dismissed.

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