Documents: FBI wanted NM sheriff’s badge for DNA

August 27, 2014 • State News

ESPANOLA, N.M. (AP) — Federal agents were looking for a New Mexico sheriff’s badge during a May raid to test it for DNA in connection with an encounter with a motorist, newly released court documents said.

According to unsealed court documents, FBI agents wanted Rio Arriba County Sheriff Thomas Rodella’s badge and silver handgun when they searched his house and car, the Albuquerque Journal reports (

Rodella and his son were indicted this month for conspiracy to violate a motorist’s civil rights during an off-duty traffic stop in March.

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