By Associated Press - Tuesday, June 5, 2018

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - The U.S. Justice Department says it is assigning three prosecutors to New Mexico under a plan to increase staffing in what it considers priority areas.

Federal authorities said in a statement Monday that two of the prosecutors will focus on violent crime and one will focus on civil cases. U.S. Attorney John C. Anderson, who oversees prosecutions in New Mexico, says the prosecutor for violent crime will help address crime in New Mexico, including its tribal communities.

The announcement comes a month after the Justice Department said it was allocating six prosecutors to New Mexico for cases involving on immigration enforcement.

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