Narcotics Division

Captain Rocky Klein
Deputy Johnson Lee (K-9 Max)
Deputy Branson Salazar (K-9 Betty)


The Narcotics Division is a specialized unit of the Enforcement Division and is responsible for all aspects of our investigative response to the illicit drug activity that affects our communities in McKinley County. Crimes committed by both the drug pushers and the addicts are a high priority for this office.

As such, the investigators assigned to this unit are highly trained and motivated to make a difference in our battles against drug dealers and the poisons that they sell. These specialized investigators are armed with the latest techniques and equipment to conduct undercover operations.

Distribution and Manufacturing

One of the major focuses of the unit is targeting the upper levels of the drug dealing operation, such as those involved with distribution and/or manufacturing of the narcotics. Examples of this are our efforts to identify and shut down Meth Labs; interdiction strategies aimed at stopping the transportation of drugs into the county.

Tips Are Essential

Narcotic investigators depend upon the vital flow of drug-related information from various sources, including those from informants, concerned citizens, Crime-stoppers’ tips, private businesses, and other governmental agencies. This information is essential in identifying the poison peddlers and their haunts. We treat all information that we receive confidentially.

Negative Impact of Drugs

Illegal drugs have such a huge negative impact on our communities. These poisons debilitate its users morally, socially, and economically; turning the people we know and love into creatures that will remorselessly lie and steal to fuel their addictions. As a community, we lose productive and law-abiding neighbors, to a life-style of dependency and crime.

As parents, we lose the dreams for our children’s futures, for a waking nightmare of worry and dread. The Drug Squad exists to address these issues by developing strategies to counter our county’s drug related crimes by targeting those that distribute, manufacture, and sell misery in its many forms.

McKinley County Inter-Agency Drug Task Force

The McKinley County Inter-Agency Drug Task Force was formed in the mid 1970's and is one of the longest running multi-jurisdictional Task Forces in New Mexico. This Squad consists of 3 McKinley County Sheriff's Office members, several members from Gallup Police Department and several agencies in the Four Comers region.

Federal Cooperation

This Division works closely with Federal Agencies such as the D.E.A., HIS, (Homeland Security), FBI (Federal Bureau of Investigations) and the BIA (Bureau of Indian Affairs). Their investigations have spanned from New Mexico, Utah, Colorado, Arizona and Texas.