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State Police officer arrested by Chaves County authorities

March 20, 2019

CHAVES COUNTY, N.M. (AP) — Authorities say a New Mexico State Police officer has been arrested for allegedly violating various state laws.

The Chaves County Sheriff’s Department opened a criminal investigation into 24-year-old Ricky Romero early this month.

Sheriff’s officials didn’t disclose Wednesday what state laws Romero is accused of violating.

It’s unclear if Romero has a lawyer who can speak on his behalf.

State Police say the department has fully cooperated with the Chaves County investigation and will continue to do so.

Police launched their own internal affairs investigation and say Romero was placed on administrative leave.

In addition to the criminal charges, authorities say Romero is facing discipline up to being fired.

Romero has been employed with State Police since May 2017 and been stationed in Roswell.

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