State police arrest Grants police officer, girlfriend

J.R. Oppenheim
August 25, 2016 12:45 PM

New Mexico State Police arrested a Grants law enforcement officer following a six-week misconduct investigation, a NMSP spokesperson said.

Public Information Officer Elizabeth Armijo said agents apprehended Grants Police Department Sgt. Roshern C. McKinney, 33, on marijuana distribution, conspiracy and felony embezzlement charges on Wednesday.

State police also charged McKinney’s girlfriend Tanicka Gallegos-Gonzales, 23, for drug distribution and conspiracy. Both were arrested in Albuquerque and booked into the Sandoval County Detention Center.

Armijo said Grants Police Chief Craig Vandiver alerted state police after the department found lapel camera video that “exposed possible illicit activity by a Grants Police Department sergeant.”

The NMSP investigation that started July 11 uncovered McKinney allegedly drove his police car to the police station and put what appeared to be marijuana in a uniform pocket, Armijo said. McKinney then drove to Gallegos-Gonzales’ home and gave her the drug to give to her father, Armijo said.

This allegedly happened while McKinney was on duty, Armijo said.

McKinney is also accused of embezzling $785 and an eight-ounce brick of marijuana.

“These items were never submitted to the department’s evidence vault,” Armijo said.


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