LOS LUNASLos Lunas Police Department and the Valencia County Sheriff’s Office assisted Isleta police officers, who are serving a narcotics-based search warrant to the property of 702 S. Los Lentes Road in Los Lunas this morning. 

Los Lentes Road SE at Fernandez to Aspen Court was blocked off for several hours as officers served the warrant and conducted an extensive search through the home.

The investigation was drawn out due to several occupants not complying with orders to exit the home or attempting to flee the residence. Los Lunas Police Chief Frank Lucero said officers were able to eventually get the estimated 11 occupants out safely after having to resort to deploying a gas of chemical munitions inside the home.   

The property being searched has seen an increase in criminal activity within the past year. Lucero said LLPD is currently working with the Los Lunas community development and zoning departments and the village’s attorney to explore what options they have in addressing the “nuisance” property.  

Lucero said there were a few individuals inside the house who had existing arrest warrants, so three arrests have so far been made by LLPD and two were arrested by Isleta PD. Some charges can still be contingent upon what is found inside the residence, the chief said, so additional charges could still be filed.  

Lucero said they worked with Los Lunas Schools personnel to make some proper adjustments for bus routes but, beyond this, the schools have not been impacted.  

Chief Lucero said it was a successful operation working in partnership with neighboring agencies, and he thanks all those involved and the residents of the area for their patience. 

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Felina Martinez was born and raised in Valencia County. She graduated from the University of New Mexico in 2021. During her time at UNM, she studied interdisciplinary film, digital media and journalism. She covers the village of Los Lunas, Los Lunas Schools, the School of Dreams Academy and the town of Peralta.