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39 stolen vehicles recovered in Arizona, New Mexico

PHOENIX — Authorities have recovered 39 stolen vehicles in two undercover
operations across Arizona and New Mexico and arrested 22 people in the case.

Arizona Department of Public Safety officials said Friday that two of the
suspects arrested worked for a third-party motor vehicle office.

They said the combined value of the stolen vehicles is estimated at more than $2 million.

Weapons and drugs also were seized.

Law enforcement officers executed 12 search warrants Thursday in Albuquerque to
gather additional evidence for the Arizona-based investigation.

They said a New Mexico-based criminal organization was responsible for stealing
newer model General Motors vehicles, switching their vehicle identification
numbers and selling the cars in Arizona.

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