- Associated Press - Friday, December 2, 2016

PORTALES, N.M. (AP) - A local attorney has launched an effort to unseat an eastern New Mexico sheriff accused of falsifying information to get arrest warrants.

Attorney Eric Dixon filed a petition in court in Roosevelt County on Friday seeking the removal of Sheriff Malin Parker.

The petition claims Parker lied about a confidential informant to get arrest warrants for five people suspected of selling drugs in the county.

Parker said an attorney advised him to not comment on the claims.

The petition claims Parker lied in the affidavits that the confidential informant had in the past provided credible information that led to arrests and seizures of stolen property. That confidential informant later said he had never worked with the sheriff before but had known him in high school.

The petition seeks a jury trial against Parker.

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