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Audit: NM agencies have $10M in military gear

August 27, 2014 • State News

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A U.S. Department of Defense program which loans local law enforcement agencies surplus military gear has sent $10.2 million worth of weapons, helicopters and armored trucks to New Mexico, according to an audit of the equipment.

The audit by the Pentagon office responsible for the 1033 program shows that the equipment went to 32 agencies.

Departments as small as the Clovis Police Department and the New Mexico State University Police received massive Mine-Resistant Ambush Protected vehicles, or MRAPs, while San Juan County Sheriff’s Office was granted the use of a $4 million helicopter to help patrol a 5,200 square-mile region in the Four Corners area.

The Albuquerque Police Department also received weapons from the program, documents show.

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