New Mexico Boosts Border Law Presence

New Mexico – New Mexico public safety officials will coordinate an increased law enforcement presence along the state's border with Mexico while police in Arizona investigate the shooting death of a rancher in the remote region.

Gov. Bill Richardson's office said the New Mexico State Police and county sheriff's departments have increased patrols along the border, and the U.S. Border Patrol has also boosted its presence.

Richardson said Tuesday officials "must continue to be on guard against drug-related violence on the Mexican side of the border."

In 2005, Richardson declared a state of emergency along the New Mexico-Mexico boundary because of border-related violence.

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