Albuquerque New Mexico Police Department DWI Bribery Scandal

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Overview

Several Albuquerque New Mexico Police Department officers would refer DWI suspects to a specific attorney. The officers took bribes from the attorney to miss court dates for DWI cases, which were then dismissed.[1]

On January 18, 2024, the FBI searched the homes of four officers and a local attorney who is connected to several of the cases.[2] One home belonged to Officer Harvey Johnson Jr.[3]

On November 3, 2023, a district court employee reported the scheme to the department's Civilian Police Oversight Agency.[4]

On January 24, 2024, the agency launched an administrative investigation involving five officers.[5]

As of February 12, 2024, the Bernalillo County District Attorney’s Office had dismissed 198 cases "because these officers were necessary witnesses to prove these cases beyond a reasonable doubt".[6][7]

Officer Honorio Alba Jr
Alba was the arresting officer in at least 72 of the dismissed cases.[3] On February 29, 2024, Alba resigned before his Internal Affairs interview.[8]
Officer Daren DeAguero
On April 30, 2024, DeAguero retired before his Internal Affairs interview.[9]
Lieutenant Justin Hunt
Hunt was the arresting officer in at least 15 of the dismissed cases.[6] On February 7, 2024, Hunt resigned.[10]
Officer Harvey Johnson Jr
Johnson was the arresting officer in at least 33 of the dismissed cases.[3] On March 13, 2024, Johnson resigned before his Internal Affairs interview.[10][11]
Lieutenant Mark Landavazo
Landavazo was the arresting officer in at least 10 of the dismissed cases.[12] On February 12, 2024, Landavazo was placed on paid administrative leave.[13]
Officer Joshua Montano
Montano was the arresting officer in at least 11 of the dismissed cases.[3] On March 21, 2024, Montano resigned.[10]
Officer Nelson Ortiz
On March 15, 2024, Ortiz resigned.[14]
Officer Matthew Trahan
Trahan was placed on administrative leave.[1]

Officers Involved


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