GALLUP, N.M. (AP) – State officials are looking into solutions at tackling alcohol abuse in one of the most violent cities in the state.
State Sen. George Munoz is set to hold a public meeting Monday in Gallup on alcoholism in the troubled city.
The Gallup Democrat says he’s concern about the city’s high crime rate and the high number of alcohol-related deaths.
FBI numbers show that the city of Gallup saw a spike in violent crimes last year and had the highest violent crime rate in New Mexico.
An Associated Press analysis of FBI statistics showed the city of 22,000 just outside of the Navajo Nation had a violent crime rate of 2,086 per 100,000 residents. That’s more than two times the rate of Albuquerque, the state’s largest city.