CARLSBAD, N.M. (KRQE)- A New Mexico sheriff’s deputy has been arrested and charged with transporting stolen livestock and he’s currently running for undersheriff in Eddy County.
“I’m totally shocked, because he grew up with my son, you know so I’m really shocked he would do that,” said Nancy Davis, Carlsbad resident.
Trey Thompson turned himself into New Mexico State Police on some pretty serious charges Friday morning.
“He is being charged with transporting of stolen livestock, conspiracy of transporting stolen livestock, and two counts of unlawful disposition of animals,” said Eddy County Sheriff Scott London.
There are not a lot of details right now on the specifics of the charges. The New Mexico Livestock Board is handling the investigation.
The sheriff’s office says that Thompson was placed on paid administrative leave back in February when they first got word that Thompson was the target of a criminal investigation.
“In this particular, we were not able to offer any assistance simply because I did not want that conflict, that’s definitely a conflict of interest, so I did not want to allow any of our resources to assist in his investigation,” said London.
Some Carlsbad residents say that if he did do it, he should drop out of the race.
“Yeah, he should not run if he’s been charged, or if he’s found guilty. I don’t want to say he’s guilty, but you know it really shocks me and yeah it should affect his career,” said Davis.
The transporting of stolen livestock and unlawful disposition of animal charges that Thompson is facing are both felonies.