Dozens of NM gang members arrested in national sting

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – The feds say three dozen New Mexico gang members are among 600 arrested nationwide in a month long operation called Project Southbound.

At a Washington news conference Thursday officials said it was aimed primarily at the Sureños gang which started in southern California and now has hundreds of affiliates around the country.

An Albuquerque man named Richard Cotinola who the feds say belongs to a Sureño affiliate called the Brewtown Locos, was highlighted in the Washington news release.

Cotinola, who’s been convicted of several violent crimes, was wanted for parole violation when he was arrested.

Cotinola was transferred Wednesday from MDC back to prison.

To read more about Project Southbound visit the Department of Homeland Security/ICE website. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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