2006 New Mexico Statutes - 17-2-46 — Enforcement; powers of conservation officers.

17-2-46. Enforcement; powers of conservation officers.

A.     The director, each conservation officer, each sheriff in his respective county and each member of the New Mexico state police shall enforce the Wildlife Conservation Act [ 17-2-37 NMSA 1978] and with probable cause shall:   

(1)     seize any wildlife, including any wild mammal, bird, amphibian, reptile, fish, mollusk or crustacean held in violation of the Wildlife Conservation Act;   

(2)     arrest any person whom he knows to be guilty of a violation of the Wildlife Conservation Act; and   

(3)     open, enter and examine all camps, cars, vehicles, tents, packs, boxes, barrels and packages where he has reason to believe any game or fish taken or held in violation of the Wildlife Conservation Act is to be found, and seize it.   

B.     Any warrant for the arrest of a person shall be issued upon sworn complaint, the same as in other criminal cases, and any search warrant shall issue upon a written showing of probable cause, supported by oath or affirmation, describing the places to be searched or the persons or things to be seized.   

C.     Conservation officers under the direction of the director may establish checking stations at points along established roads as needed.   

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