New Mexico – Right after being sworn in last summer as New Mexico's top federal law enforcement official, U.S. Attorney Kenneth Gonzales was busy.
First, he shuffled his staff of 72 seasoned prosecutors to focus on crimes on Indian lands and other top issues. He also began visiting New Mexico communities, cautioning middle school students about outcomes that often result through involvement with illegal drugs.
Taking control of one of the busiest caseloads among the nation's 93 federal judicial districts, Gonzales was thrown into high-profile cases an alleged hate crime against a Navajo man in Farmington, the deaths of an Oklahoma couple near Santa Rosa and a spying case involving a former Los Alamos physicist.
It's been a bustling six months on the job.
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