Raúl Torrez | Attorney General

Special Investigations

The Special Investigations Division of the New Mexico Department of Justice (NMDOJ) is comprised of separate units, each handling investigations in its own specialty area. The Division utilizes expert special agents for major criminal investigations across the state as directed by the Attorney General, including violent crimes such as child abuse, homicide, sexual assaults, and guardianship cases. The Special Investigations Division also investigates government corruption, fraud, economic and financial crimes, and forced child labor, often working in cooperation with federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies. Listed below are those units and contact information.  

General Investigations Unit

The General Investigations Unit is responsible for a wide range of cases ranging from homicides and sexual assaults to government corruption, fraud and theft.  Agents within the General Investigations Unit are specifically trained to investigate Human Trafficking and Missing and Murdered Indigenous persons cases. Those units are encompassed within General Investigations. 

Internet Crimes Against Children Unit

Attorney General Raúl Torrez is dedicated to safeguarding children from cyber predators through his Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Unit. Each year, the ICAC unit receives a grant from the Federal Department of Justice to support the ICAC Task Force, which is a collaborative effort of law enforcement agencies throughout the State of New Mexico with a mission is to locate, track, and capture Internet child sexual predators and Internet child pornographers. 

The New Mexico Department of Justice (NMDOJ) is where the ICAC Task Force command is located. Receiving and triaging all Cyber Tips and Reports made by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC).

The ICAC Unit at the NMDOJ has a computer lab with all the necessary tools for forensic analysis, Providing training, equipment, and forensic analysis to law enforcement agencies throughout the state. Working to protect children from online dangers through education, investigation, and prosecution. 

The Internet can be a helpful tool, but it also gives cyber predators an easy way to target our children. ICAC’s public education efforts have provided Internet crime prevention training to citizens and youth at community meetings, schools, and colleges throughout the state. By focusing on education, investigation, and prosecution, ICAC is working hard to protect our children from sexual predators. 

If you are a law enforcement entity in need of investigative assistance, please contact Special Agent in Charge Owen Pena, Opena@NMAG.Gov or call 505-503-9535 

Organized Retail Crime Unit

Retail theft offenders often go undetected because of law enforcement jurisdictional boundaries. Agents with the New Mexico Department of Justice have statewide jurisdiction. Armed with HB 234, which creates the crime of “Organized Retail Crime” allows for the aggregation of multiple retail theft crimes over a period of time, and throughout the state, to target repeat offenders. The New Mexico Department of Justice’s Organized Retail Crime Unit (ORC) works in conjunction with law enforcement agencies and retail members to share information and conduct investigation leading to the arrest and prosecution of organized retail crime throughout the state.  

If you are a retail or law enforcement entity in need of assistance in Organized Retail Crime, please contact Special Agent in Charge, Antonio Vargas at AVargas@NMAG.Gov or call 505-206-7603

Cold Case Unit

Advances in DNA technologies have substantially increased the successful DNA analysis of aged, degraded, limited, or otherwise compromised biological evidence. As a result, crime scene samples once thought to be unsuitable for testing may now yield DNA profiles. Additionally, samples that previously generated inconclusive DNA results may now be successfully analyzed.  

The goal of the Cold Case Unit is to assist law enforcement agencies statewide in solving cold case homicides and unsolved sexual assaults where potential offender DNA has been identified but did not have a CODIS hit (no suspect identified), or there are untested items that may yield offender DNA using Forensic Genetic Genealogy and advanced investigative techniques. 

If you are a law enforcement entity in need of investigative assistance or a member of the public who has information on one of our cold cases, please visit our cold case page

Human Trafficking

The New Mexico State Statute defines Human Trafficking as a person knowingly:

  1. recruiting, soliciting, enticing, transporting or obtaining by any means another person with the intent or knowledge that force, fraud or coercion will be used to subject the person to labor, services or commercial sexual activity;
  2. recruiting, soliciting, enticing, transporting or obtaining by any means a person under the age of eighteen years with the intent or knowledge that the person will be caused to engage in commercial sexual activity; or
  3. benefiting, financially or by receiving anything of value, from the labor, services or commercial sexual activity of another person with the knowledge that force, fraud or coercion was used to obtain the labor, services or commercial sexual activity.

To Report Human Trafficking

If you believe you may have information about a human trafficking situation, call the National Human Trafficking Hotline toll-free hotline at 1-888-373-7888. Anti-Trafficking Hotline Advocates are available 24/7 to take reports of potential human trafficking or text the National Human Trafficking Hotline at 233733. 

If the victim is a child (under the age of 18), please call Statewide Central Intake (SCI) with CYFD. Call SCI and make a report of a situation involving a child:

1-855-333-SAFE [7233] or 1-855-333-7233 text #SAFE [7233]  from a cell phone. 

If you are in imminent danger, please call 911. Local authorities are trained in identifying human trafficking and referring to service providers. 

If you are a law enforcement entity in need of investigative assistance or if you suspect government corruption or fraud call, please complete the form below to contact Special Agent in Charge Clarence Gibson or call 505-670-2580. 

First Steps in Reporting a Crime

Call 911. Contact your local Police or Sheriff Department and file a criminal report. 

If you suspect government corruption or fraud call 1-844-255-9210 and ask for Special Investigations.

New Mexico Law Enforcement Directory

Helpful Resources

National Center for Missing and Exploited Children – Netsmartz: an interactive, educational program that provides age-appropriate resources to help teach children how to be safer on and offline. www.netsmartz.org 

National Center for Missing and Exploited Children – Take It Down: Take It Down is a free service that can help you remove or stop the online sharing of nude, partially nude, or sexually explicit images or videos taken of you when you were under 18 years old. You can remain anonymous while using the service and you won’t have to send your images or videos to anyone. Take It Down will work on public or unencrypted online platforms that have agreed to participate. www.takeitdown.ncmec.org 

i-Safe: an organization dedicated to educating and empowering young people to safely, responsibly, and productively use Information and Communications Technology (ICT). www.isafe.org 

Common Sense Media: an organization that empowers parents, teachers, and policymakers by providing unbiased information, trusted advice, and innovative tools to help them harness the power of media and technology as a positive force in all kids’ lives. www.commonsensemedia.org 

Raul Torrez
Attorney General
Raúl Torrez

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