Lea County Sheriff's Office

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11/26/2020

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The Lea County Sheriff's Office recognizes the hardships our local businesses are facing as a result of the COVID-19 man...
11/25/2020

The Lea County Sheriff's Office recognizes the hardships our local businesses are facing as a result of the COVID-19 mandates being enforced by Governor Lujan-Grisham and the New Mexico Department of Public Health. We understand the need for Lea County businesses to remain open and provide services and goods to the citizens of Lea County. Sheriff Helton supports your right to keep your business open but asks you do so in a responsible, discrete manner. Keep your business doors locked and limit your customers to those you know and trust. If you find your business is being cited, DO NOT sign anything. If the person or persons refuse to identify themselves and the authority they have, call the Sheriff’s Office immediately 575-396-3611.

LEA COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPUTIES AND HOBBS POLICE OFFICERS SAVE GUNSHOT VICTIMNovember 24, 2020 – On November 21, 2020 at a...
11/24/2020

LEA COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPUTIES AND HOBBS POLICE OFFICERS SAVE GUNSHOT VICTIM

November 24, 2020 – On November 21, 2020 at approximately 12:20 AM Lea County Sheriff’s Deputies heard about six gunshots fired in the area of Comanche Street and North Fowler Street, Hobbs New Mexico. While driving to the area, Lea County Communications Authority advised they were receiving calls regarding a male gunshot victim at the intersection of Warpath Street and Comanche Street. Deputies and Hobbs Police Officers arrived and began performing life saving measures to Emmanuel J. Roberson, 24 of Hobbs, New Mexico. The Deputies and Officers located five gunshot wounds to Roberson’s torso. Roberson was transported to the Lea Regional Hospital for medical treatment and was later transported to a Lubbock Hospital.

Lea County Sheriff’s Investigators responded to the scene and learned Devarian Rashad Gibson, 29 of Hobbs, New Mexico was involved in the shooting. Gibson is wanted for questioning in this incident. Lea County Sheriff’s Investigators request the public’s assistance in locating Gibson. If you have information regarding the whereabouts of Gibson, please call Lea County Sheriff’s Investigators at 575-396-3611 or Crime Stoppers at 575-393-8005. You may also send us a private Facebook message.

#heyleacounty ! The Lea County Sheriff’s Office came together and donated $1,200 in an effort to provide food for local ...
11/23/2020

#heyleacounty ! The Lea County Sheriff’s Office came together and donated $1,200 in an effort to provide food for local families in need this Thanksgiving. Deputies and office support staff brought non-perishable food items and donated money to help in the cause. Deputies shopped, organized and delivered the food to Lea County families. A big THANK YOU to Bob’s Thriftway in Lovington for the generous donation and to Rancho Grande for donating the turkeys!

Lea County Sheriff’s Investigators request your assistance in locating Devarian Rashad Gibson. Gibson is wanted for ques...
11/22/2020

Lea County Sheriff’s Investigators request your assistance in locating Devarian Rashad Gibson. Gibson is wanted for questioning in the shooting of a Hobbs man in the area of Comanche Street and Warpath Street, Hobbs, New Mexico at approximately 12:20 AM ,November 21, 2020. Gibson is considered to be armed and dangerous. If you have any information on the whereabouts of Gibson, please call Lea County Sheriff’s Investigators at 575-396-3611 or Crime Stoppers at 575-393-8005 or send us a Facebook private message.

DEPUTIES CHARGE/ARREST FEMALE CAR THIEF November 20, 2020 – On November 19, 2020 at approximately 11:00 PM, Lea County S...
11/20/2020

DEPUTIES CHARGE/ARREST FEMALE CAR THIEF

November 20, 2020 – On November 19, 2020 at approximately 11:00 PM, Lea County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to the 1200 Block of Rancho Road, Hobbs, New Mexico in reference to a reported stolen silver Hyundai Sonata. It was reported Tiffany Goitia, 24 of Hobbs, New Mexico had taken the vehicle.

At approximately 12:00 midnight a Lea County Sheriff’s Corporal observed a vehicle matching the description of the silver Hyundai traveling east on Joe Harvey Blvd., Hobbs, New Mexico. The Corporal unsuccessfully attempted a traffic stop but was able to confirm it as the stolen vehicle. The Corporal continued to follow the vehicle from a safe distance and observed the vehicle run stop signs at a high rate of speed in a residential neighborhood. The Corporal followed the vehicle to the area of Silver and North Cielo Drive when the vehicle suddenly executed a U-turn and attempted to crash head-on to the Corporal’s patrol unit. The Corporal then began pursuing the vehicle through Fowler Street, observing the vehicle to nearly crash into a silver van as it traveled west to Bender Blvd. The vehicle ran stop signs and stop lights as it traveled through the city of Hobbs and north on Dal Paso. Responding Deputies reported the vehicle traveling at speeds exceeding 95 miles per hour in some areas. The Corporal observed the vehicle lose control at mile post 16 on North Dal Paso. The female exited the vehicle and began running in an open field. She disregarded numerous requests by Deputies to stop. She eventually stopped running and was placed into custody. She was positively identified as Tiffany Goitia and was transported to the Lea County Detention Center.

Goitia was booked on the charges of Unlawful Taking of a Motor Vehicle (3rd degree felony), Aggravated Assault on a Peace Office (3rd degree felony), Aggravated Fleeing a Law Enforcement Office (4th degree felony), Resisting, Evading or Obstructing a Peace Officer (Misdemeanor). She was released November 20, 2020 on a promise to appear before the court at her next court hearing.

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11/16/2020
11/16/2020

Fire units have contained the grass fire and remain on scene to check the area for hotspots.

11/16/2020

Deputies and fire units are responding to a grass fire west of the intersection of State Road 176 and State Road 8. Expect delays or seek an alternative route.

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11/13/2020

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11/11/2020

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November 10, 2020 – On November 9, 2020, Lea County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to the area of West Comanche Drive and ...
11/10/2020

November 10, 2020 – On November 9, 2020, Lea County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to the area of West Comanche Drive and North Fowler Street, Hobbs, New Mexico in reference to a possible domestic battery occurring inside a white Dodge pickup. The reporting party was an off-duty Lea County Sheriff’s Chief Deputy. The Chief Deputy observed a female screaming and crying and the male driver yelling. The vehicle was reported to be driving erratically, traveling west on Millen Drive. The female was then reported to be waving her hands out of the pickup window. While stopped at the traffic light at Lovington Highway and Gerry Lane, the female got out of the pickup and began running south. Deputies unsuccessfully attempted to stop the pickup as it drove in an open pasture east of the intersection. The pickup drove onto College Lane and turned east at a high rate of speed. Deputies observed the pickup drift into the westbound lane and the driver violently jerk the steering wheel from side to side. The pickup continued towards Grimes Road and into heavy traffic. Deputies were concerned for the safety of other motorists and discontinued their attempts to stop the fleeing vehicle. While turning north onto Grimes Street, the driver lost control of the pickup causing it to drive into a drainage ditch. Deputies lost visual as the pickup continued east on Frey Street, then south on Jernigan Street. The pickup was again located in an open field west of Ponderosa Street.

A witness pointed Deputies to the male driver walking toward the intersection of Valdez Street and Georgia Street. The male suspect continued to walk away and would not comply with the Deputy’s requests to stop. Suddenly the male suspect turned around and screamed he did nothing wrong. The Deputy warned the suspect he would utilize his Taser if he did not comply with his requests. The male suspect still refused to comply with the Deputy’s requests. The Deputy utilized his department issued Taser and was able to place the suspect in hand restraints. The male suspect was identified as Gordon A. Garland, 46 of Hobbs, New Mexico. Emergency Medical Services responded to the scene and at the request of Garland was transported to Lea Regional Hospital.

Garland was treated, released and transported to the Lea County Detention Center where he was booked on the charges of Kidnapping (1st degree felony), Aggravated Battery Against a Household Member (3rd degree felony), Aggravated Fleeing a Law Enforcement Officer (4th degree felony), Battery Against a Household Member (Misdemeanor), Resisting, Evading or Obstructing an Officer (Misdemeanor), Driving While License Suspended or Revoked (Misdemeanor). He was also served a Bench Warrant out of Hobbs Magistrate Court for failure to pay fines or costs on an unrelated case. Garland remains in custody without bond until his next court hearing, November 12, 2020.

Lea County Sheriff’s Investigators interviewed the victim at Lea Regional Hospital. The investigators observed several injuries to the victim’s mouth, face, arms, hands and feet. The victim stated her boyfriend, Garland was acting and laughing weird and began to hit her in the face with his right elbow and hand while driving. She stated she told Garland to stop and let her out of the pickup. While traveling north on Fowler toward Comanche, she opened the pickup door thinking he would stop the pickup but instead he pushed her out of the vehicle. She got up and began walking toward a residence, but Garland grabbed her and told her if she didn’t get back into the pickup, he was going to kill her. He then forced her back into the pickup. The victim stated Garland began driving erratic, speeding up and then pressing the brakes, over, and over again. She attempted to get someone’s attention by waving her hands out of the pickup window. She asked Garland to stop at a gas station so she could wash her abrasions, but he refused. When the pickup stopped at the traffic light at Lovington Highway and Gerry Lane, she got out of the pickup and ran away. Soon after, officers arrived.

11/10/2020
#heyleacounty ! Friday mornin’ shout out to Greg & Gloria Jones and the folks at Tomi’s Cookie Co. for the tasty,and bea...
11/06/2020

#heyleacounty ! Friday mornin’ shout out to Greg & Gloria Jones and the folks at Tomi’s Cookie Co. for the tasty,and beautifully decorated cookies! Much appreciated!

11/06/2020
11/05/2020

Deputies are on scene at a residential fire in the 700 block of West Hunter Street. East and westbound traffic lanes are temporarily closed. Expect delays or seek an alternative route.

VIDEO: Lea County deputies chase man in stolen pickup
11/05/2020
VIDEO: Lea County deputies chase man in stolen pickup

VIDEO: Lea County deputies chase man in stolen pickup

JAL, N.M. (KRQE) – A suspected thief wasn’t about to just pull over when officers spotted him. He led them on a chase and taunted them the entire way. The lapel video shows it didn’…

Deputies report east and westbound traffic lanes on State Road 176 are now open. Please drive safely.
11/04/2020

Deputies report east and westbound traffic lanes on State Road 176 are now open. Please drive safely.

Deputies report east and westbound traffic lanes on State Road 176  are closed. Expect delays or seek an alternative rou...
11/04/2020

Deputies report east and westbound traffic lanes on State Road 176 are closed. Expect delays or seek an alternative route.

Deputies are responding to a single vehicle rollover on State Road 176 between mileposts 18-19. Expect road closures and...
11/04/2020

Deputies are responding to a single vehicle rollover on State Road 176 between mileposts 18-19. Expect road closures and delays or seek an alternative route.

#heyleacounty ! Join us this morning at 7:30 as we recite the Pledge of Allegiance live on W-105!
11/03/2020

#heyleacounty ! Join us this morning at 7:30 as we recite the Pledge of Allegiance live on W-105!

November 02, 2020 - On October 28, 2020, the Lea County Drug Task Force conducted a warrant round-up operation with the ...
11/02/2020

November 02, 2020 - On October 28, 2020, the Lea County Drug Task Force conducted a warrant round-up operation with the assistance of the Drug Enforcement Administration, United States Marshal Service and the Department of Homeland Security. Seven subjects were arrested during the two-day operation. The operation was based off of several narcotics investigations conducted by the Lea County Drug Task Force and the other assisting agencies.

Jerry Wayne Teel, 31 of Hobbs, New Mexico, was arrested in Midland, Texas. Teel had an outstanding Federal Warrant for distribution of 50 grams or more of Methamphetamine and Aiding and Abetting. This arrest was based on an investigation conducted by the Lea County Drug Task Force and Drug Enforcement Administration.

Patricia Smith, 45 of Hobbs, New Mexico, was arrested at her home in Hobbs, New Mexico. Smith had an outstanding warrant for a Federal Supervised Release Violation.

Jordan Tarver, 28 of Hobbs, New Mexico. Tarver had an outstanding warrant for Possession of a controlled substance to wit, Methamphetamine, (a 4th degree felony) and Possession of Marijuana (petty misdemeanor). These charges are the result of a traffic stop conducted by the Lea County Sheriff’s Office and subsequent investigation by the Lea County Drug Task Force.

Dalen Hopland, 32 of Hobbs, New Mexico. Hopland had an outstanding warrant for Possession of a Firearm by a Felon, (4th degree felony) and Possession of a Controlled Substance to wit Heroin, (4th degree felony); Melissa Ann Gordon, 31 of Hobbs, New Mexico, is currently incarcerated in Grants, New Mexico. Gordon is being served an outstanding warrant for Trafficking a Controlled Substance, (2nd degree felony). These charges are the result of a traffic stop conducted by the Lea County Drug Task Force and the Hobbs Police Department. This traffic stop resulted in the seizure of 31 grams of Methamphetamine with a street value of $3,100.00. Also found during the traffic stop were two firearms as well multiple weapon magazines and multiple bags and boxes of ammunition.

Haylea Ott, 23 of Hobbs, New Mexico, was arrested for an outstanding bench warrant for Failure to Appear on traffic violations.

Ricardo Nava, 36 of Hobbs, New Mexico, was arrested in Lovington, New Mexico, on an outstanding warrant for Possession of a Controlled Substance, (4th degree felony). These charges are the result of a traffic stop conducted by the Lea County Sheriff’s Office and subsequent investigation by the Lea County Drug Task Force.

Rene Valdez, 37 of Lovington, New Mexico, was arrested on an outstanding warrant for Possession of Methamphetamine, (4th degree felony). These charges were the result of an investigation conducted by the Lea County Drug Task Force.

#heyleacounty ! Let’s get this week started!
11/02/2020

#heyleacounty ! Let’s get this week started!

#heyleacounty ! The Lea County Sheriff’s Office distributed candy bags to the kiddos at yesterday’s trick or treat drive...
11/01/2020

#heyleacounty ! The Lea County Sheriff’s Office distributed candy bags to the kiddos at yesterday’s trick or treat drive through. We’re pretty sure we had more fun then the kiddos! Shout out to Pop of Pretty for the awesome Marshmallow Man!

****UPDATE****  The Lea County Sheriff’s Office has learned, Homeland Security Investigators (HSI) issued a warrant for ...
10/29/2020

****UPDATE**** The Lea County Sheriff’s Office has learned, Homeland Security Investigators (HSI) issued a warrant for Ramirez the afternoon of Wednesday, October 28, 2020. He has been transferred to their custody.

October 28, 2020 – On Tuesday, October 27, 2020 at approximately 12:30 PM, Lea County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to a lease road in the area of 176 milepost 15 in reference to a possible stolen trailer. Deputies observed a white utility trailer connected to a black Ford F-350 pickup with tools and power tools in the bed of the pickup. The pickup appeared to be stuck in the dirt. A witness stated he observed a Hispanic male attempt to use a Caterpillar bulldozer to pull the pickup out of the dirt. He observed the male subject leave the area and walk through an open pasture. The witness described the male subject as wearing a camouflage jacket, a black and white stocking hat and black pants.

An employee of Superior Optimization arrived at the location and advised Deputies two additional trailers had been tampered with on a job site near their location and the white trailer had been taken without permission.

A company representative of NMR Pipeline informed Deputies the Caterpillar Bulldozer was taken without permission.

Deputies observed shoe impressions leading away from the area. A Deputy followed the shoe impressions for approximately one mile to another lease road. Deputies located a Hispanic male, later identified as Francisco Javier Ramirez, 44 of Hobbs, New Mexico wearing a camouflage jacket, and black pants laying down next to a mesquite bush. A black handgun and glass pipe were located on the ground where Ramirez was laying. Deputies also located 1.9 grams of methamphetamine in Ramirez’ wallet. Deputies placed Ramirez in custody and transported him to the Lea County Sheriff’s Office for investigative interview by Lea County Sheriff’s Investigators. Ramirez admitted to using the bulldozer without permission. He also admitted to residing in the United States illegally since 2017 and using a different name for work purposes.

Ramirez was booked into the Lea County Detention Center and charged with Larceny (2nd degree felony), Breaking & Entering (4th degree felony), Controlled Substance; Possession Prohibited (4th degree felony), Possession, Delivery or Manufacture of Drug Paraphernalia; Prohibited (Misdemeanor). He was released October 28, 2020 on a promise to appear before the court at his next court hearing.

October 28, 2020 – On Tuesday, October 27, 2020 at approximately 12:30 PM, Lea County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to a ...
10/28/2020

October 28, 2020 – On Tuesday, October 27, 2020 at approximately 12:30 PM, Lea County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to a lease road in the area of State Road 176 milepost 15 in reference to a possible stolen trailer. Deputies observed a white utility trailer connected to a black Ford F-350 pickup with tools and power tools in the bed of the pickup. The pickup appeared to be stuck in the dirt. A witness stated he observed a Hispanic male attempt to use a Caterpillar bulldozer to pull the pickup out of the dirt. He observed the male subject leave the area and walk through an open pasture. The witness described the male subject as wearing a camouflage jacket, a black and white stocking hat and black pants.

An employee of Superior Optimization arrived at the location and advised Deputies two additional trailers had been tampered with on a job site near their location and the white trailer had been taken without permission.

A company representative of NMR Pipeline informed Deputies the Caterpillar Bulldozer was taken without permission.

Deputies observed shoe impressions leading away from the area. A Deputy followed the shoe impressions for approximately one mile to another lease road. Deputies located a Hispanic male, later identified as Francisco Javier Ramirez, 44 of Hobbs, New Mexico wearing a camouflage jacket, and black pants laying down next to a mesquite bush. A black handgun and glass pipe were located on the ground where Ramirez was laying. Deputies also located 1.9 grams of methamphetamine in Ramirez’ wallet. Deputies placed Ramirez in custody and transported him to the Lea County Sheriff’s Office for investigative interview by Lea County Sheriff’s Investigators. Ramirez admitted to using the bulldozer without permission. He also admitted to residing in the United States illegally since 2017 and using a different name for work purposes.

Ramirez was booked into the Lea County Detention Center and charged with Larceny (2nd degree felony), Breaking & Entering (4th degree felony), Controlled Substance; Possession Prohibited (4th degree felony), Possession, Delivery or Manufacture of Drug Paraphernalia; Prohibited (Misdemeanor). He was released October 28, 2020 on a promise to appear before the court at his next court hearing.

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to protect life and property, in always upholding the Law in a fair, equal and impartial manner.

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You shut down the main highway in Hobbs on a Saturday afternoon for a Trump parade. I will never stop and spend a dime in your county ever again.
My husband, Bill Staggs and I had a nice visit with our Sheriff, Corey Helton, this morning on some issues we were concerned about. He took the time to come by our house so we could talk. All I can say is that how proud we are to have such a fine man like Corey to be our Sheriff. All of us need to support this man and his Deputies, as they are truly a fantastic example of what our Sheriff Dept. needs in these trying times. We are here to give them our support in any way we can, and we will continue to pray for them all. We are truly lucky to have the best Sheriff's Dept. in New Mexico. Thank you!
Thank you so much for making my son’s 4th birthday extra special today! We truly appreciate the deputies that took the time and came out for his parade today!! ♥️
There is a rumor going around that you are being called to go in front of the attorney general?
I just wanted to take a second and let yall know how professional deputy ibarra during a traffic stop tonight. I was completely in the wrong, doing a few over the speed limit. By the time i came out of my daydream, and strted slowing down, he kicked on his lights. He came up and introduced himself and stated why he was pulling me over. I acknowledged i knew i was speeding. I was gladly willing to eat the ticket, especially with me being covered in tattoos. He was cery professional the entirety of the stop. Ive been stopped before in different jurisdictions and been treated way differently. Thank you to your dept and officer ibarra. Yall stay safe out there!
Mission of Lea County Sheriff’s Office LEA COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE·THURSDAY, JUNE 28, 2018· to protect life and property, in always upholding the Law in a fair, equal and impartial manner. We pledge to adapt to the community’s changing needs, through pro-active law enforcement strategies and proven traditional police methods. ​In our exercise of authority, we will maintain the highest standards of integrity, professionalism, compassion and dedication to service and duty. AND MURDER PEOPLES PETS👿🤬😡😤👎😠
SHAME ON THE LEA COUNTY SHERIFF DEPARTMENT
JUST READ AN ARTICLE WHERE YOUR DEPUTY SHOT & KILLED A FAMILYS DOG WHO WAS HEAVILY PREGNANT THIS HAPPENED JUNE 8 2020 SO YOUR DEPUTY ENDED UP MURDERING NOT ONE DOG BUT HER UNBORN PUPS THIS OFFICER NEEDS TO BE SACKED & CHARGED WITH ANIMAL CRUELTY IF YOU CHECKED THE OFFICERS UNIFORM CAMERA YOUR DEPUTY WAS IN THE WRONG WHOLLY SHAME ON YOU & YOUR DEPARTMENT OF LEA COUNTY!!!!!
Lovington NM......If you are a law enforcement officer and need a break, you can come park outside my home. If you are thirsty I will bring you a drink. If you are hungry I will fix you food. If you are hot I will invite you inside to cool off. If you need additional ammo just ask. If you need backup, I will stand with you. If you need to cry, I will hug you and let you. If you need to talk I will listen. If you need to pray, I will kneel with you. If you are wrong, I will tell you. If you are right I will support you. I only ask that you don't lose faith in Americans. We are NOT all against you. Our lives matter, as do yours. Take off your sunglasses and see the good people that are here for you. Albeit, we are not as loud and obnoxious as these whiney media seekers, we are strong and waiting to follow your lead. God Bless you and your family.
Praying for you all!🙏
Hello, I have a question. If a person whose property was stolen is not available to file a report, who can file a report? For example if parents live nextdoor and witness the property being stolen, what can they do?
We're concerned about a report that the Sheriff will not be following the governor's directives of social distancing and closures and has abdicated his job and demanded the State Police enforce the emergency orders. Is this true?