FBI Albuquerque
Public Affairs Specialist Frank Fisher
(505) 889-1438
December 16, 2015

Fugitive Arrested in New Mexico Prison Gang Investigation

A fugitive wanted in connection with a federal investigation into a New Mexico prison gang was arrested in Denver on Tuesday, December 15, 2015.

The U.S. Marshals Service’s South West Investigative Fugitive Team and Colorado Violent Offender Task Force arrested Arturo Arnulfo Garcia, 48, at a residence.

Garcia, of Denver, was among two fugitives wanted after two indictments were unsealed earlier this month charging 25 defendants with participating in a violent racketeering enterprise known as the Syndicato de Nuevo Mexico (SNM) Prison Gang.

Garcia was allegedly involved in a murder on June 17, 2007, in service of the gang.

Angel DeLeon, 38, a Mexican national, is still at large. DeLeon was allegedly involved in the murder of two people on March 26, 2001, in service of the gang.

DeLeon’s FBI wanted poster can be found at https://www.fbi.gov/wanted/cei/angel-deleon/view

The investigation involved the Albuquerque Division of the FBI; New Mexico Corrections Department; New Mexico State Police, Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Office; Metropolitan Correctional Center; Albuquerque Police Department; U.S. Marshals Service; and the El Paso, Phoenix, Denver, Las Vegas, and Knoxville FBI Divisions.

The public is reminded that charges in indictments are merely accusations and defendants are presumed innocent unless found guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

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