2011 New Mexico Statutes
Chapter 30: Criminal Offenses
Article 19: Gambling, 30-19-1 through 30-19-15
Section 30-19-12: Duties of enforcement officials.
30-19-12. Duties of enforcement officials.
Upon the filing with any district judge or justice of the peace [magistrate court] of an affidavit in writing made by any citizen that gambling as prohibited by this article [30-19-1 to 30-19-15 NMSA 1978] is being conducted in any building, room, premises or place describing the same for sufficient identification, it shall be the duty of the district judge or justice of the peace [magistrate] with whom such affidavit is filed to immediately issue a warrant commanding the peace officer to whom the same is addressed to forthwith enter and search the building, room, premises or place. In the event the location is being used for purposes prohibited by this article, the peace officer shall arrest without a warrant the parties therein or making their escape therefrom, and who would be subject to arrest with a warrant. The officers shall also take possession of any gambling paraphernalia, device or equipment found therein, and shall hold the same until deprived of the possession thereof by law. It shall be the duty of the peace officers to take any persons so arrested before some magistrate having jurisdiction and to forthwith file a proper complaint against each person so arrested.
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