Published On: Fri, Sep 28th, 2012

Nikka, the drug-sniffing dog, is only certified member of New Mexico town’s police force

A New Mexico town now only has one official certified member of the police force – drug-sniffing German Shepherd.



The police chief Ernest “Chris” Armijo resigned on Wednesday after it went public that his criminal background now prevented him from carrying his firearm.

“He decided the attention was distracting,” said Dave Romero, an attorney for the town.

Legal problems had already eliminated Brian Bernal from the force after the man plead guilty to assault and battery charges in January 2011.

Now the small town of Vaughn, New Mexico is officially protected solely by Nikka, a drug-sniffing canine.

Non-certified officers can’t make arrests and can’t carry firearms.

Armijo owes tens of thousands in back child support in Texas and may be charged in a separate case of selling a “town owned” rifle and keeping the profits for himself.

Guadalupe County Sheriff Michael Lucero said since news about the police chief’s record became public his department has helped patrol Vaughn.

“I visit the town at least once a month,” said Lucero. “The important thing is to keep a presence so residents know we’re there to help if we’re needed.”

Joyce Tabor, cook at Vaughn’s Penny’s diner doesn’t sound concerned.

“There’s just a whole lot of nothing going on here,” said Tabor. “We have very little crime. It’s quiet. So this really doesn’t matter.”


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