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Santa Fe Launches Drug-Tip Hotline Targeting Heroin Dealers

PHOTO: Santa Fe city leaders hope a new hotline leads to arrests as the city deals with increased drug abuse. Photo courtesy of the California Highway Patrol.
PHOTO: Santa Fe city leaders hope a new hotline leads to arrests as the city deals with increased drug abuse. Photo courtesy of the California Highway Patrol.
April 17, 2014

SANTA FE, N.M. – Santa Fe city leaders are counting on a new hotline to encourage people in the community to report suspected drug dealers as authorities deal with increased heroin use.

City Councilor Bill Dimas, who lost a daughter to heroin addiction, sponsored the resolution that led to the hotline launching recently.

"It's a good start and it involves the entire community because,” he says. “If we can get the entire community behind this, we can send a message out that drug dealers and drug traffickers aren't welcome here in Santa Fe."

The hotline at 505-428-3737 operates 24 hours a day.

Dimas says an officer will be dispatched immediately to investigate all matters reported.

He adds that callers can remain anonymous, but are urged to offer as much information as possible about the suspected drug dealer.

There are reports that New Mexico has among the nation's highest rates of drug overdose deaths, with prescription drugs and heroin being the leading causes.

Dimas says Santa Fe's illegal drug activity seemed to intensify after the city eliminated the police department's narcotics division about eight years ago.

He says Santa Fe now is dependent upon regional law enforcement and says the police department needs a narcotics unit.

"I think we need our own narcotics division within out police department to work Santa Fe exclusively” he insists. “That's going to be another facet of this I'm hoping will come in time."

Dimas says he believes that more people are using heroin because it's cheaper and more available than other hard drugs.


Troy Wilde, Public News Service - NM