24 arrested in sweep of eastern Navajo towns

Crownpoint, New Mexico (AP) May 2010

Authorities have arrested two dozen people in an effort to curb violent crime on the eastern side of the Navajo Nation.

The misdemeanor and felony charges included drunken driving, child abuse and aggravated battery.

The Navajo Nation’s public safety department received a federal grant in October as part of a pilot project to target gun, gang and domestic violence in Prewitt, Thoreau and Crownpoint.

A task force made up of federal, state, tribal and local authorities began making the arrests in the tribal communities at daybreak April 29.

The New Mexico U.S. Attorney’s Office says warrant operations in the area have led to the arrest of nearly 400 people.

The office says more sweeps are planned.