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Lea County sheriff issues statement quashing rumors

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HOBBS, New Mexico -

Lea County, NM Sheriff Corey Helton issued this notice to quash rumors regarding COVID-19 and restrictions currently in place across New Mexico:

 

The Lea County Sheriff’s Office understands the concerns and uncertainty of this health crisis. We also understand that we have never experienced any crisis to this depth and have taken steps to ensure all the employees of the Sheriff’s Office are educated on this illness and conduct our day to day business with this health concern in mind.  With that being said, the Lea County Sheriff’s Office is continuing to provide a prompt professional service and are still conducting normal day to day operations.

Over the last couple of weeks, I have been inundated with rumors and false information. We have recruited several media sources including but limited to, newspaper and radio advertisements to provide the public factual information however, these rumors persist.

  1. The Lea County Sheriff’s Office is not telling businesses when they can open or when they can’t. We have no authority to do that, even with the Governor’s announcements. State statutes are very clear in this regard. NMSP and Department of Health personnel have that authority, we do not.

  2. The Lea County Sheriff’s Office is not patrolling our communities looking for people in groups larger than five individuals to take enforcement action. Once again, state law does not give us authority to enforce the Governor’s emergency orders.

  3. You do not need letters from your employers or anyone else stating that you are “essential” in order to move about the county freely. NO ONE has the authority to randomly stop citizens and demand to see papers or ask where they are going unless you are entering or in a secure area or private property. That would be a violation of your civil rights.

  4. I have seen posted on social media that people can call the Sheriff’s Office and or the local Police Departments to report violations of the emergency orders from the Governor. Once again, we have no authority to enforce these orders.

  5. The Lea County Sheriff’s Office has no information regarding the National Guard being deployed to implement Marshall law. They are simply assisting the Department of Health and our community needs when they arise.

  6. Facebook and or other social media sites often contain good information; however, not all information is factual and often fuels our already high anxiety. If you hear something that causes you concern, instead of resorting to social media to answer your question, call the Lea County Sheriff’s Office at (575)-396-3611 for up to date information.

These are difficult times we are experiencing, not only for us in Lea County, but across our country. So please remain at home if you are afforded the ability and take it one day at a time. We will get through this!

Corey M. Helton, Sheriff

Lea County Sheriff’s Office

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