Commercial Motor Vehicle Safety inspection leads to Drug Seizure at the Gallup Port of Entry


McKinley County, NM – Two men were arrested last week when the New Mexico State Police located 489.5 pounds of marijuana, 2.5 pounds of fentanyl, 28.5 pounds of THC edibles, and one pound of psychedelic mushrooms while searching a commercial motor vehicle at the Gallup Port of Entry. 


On January 21, 2022, at approximately 7:57 a.m., a New Mexico State Police officer conducted a safety inspection on a 2012 Volvo Commercial Motor Vehicle (CMV) at the Gallup Port of Entry. As the officer conducted a safety inspection on the CMV, the officer observed seventeen black duffel bags, three cardboard boxes, two plastic totes, and a trash bag within the CMV’s cab and trailer. The officer detected a strong odor of marijuana coming from the trailer. New Mexico State Police officers located 489.5 pounds of marijuana, 2.5 pounds of fentanyl, 23.5 pounds of cocaine, 28.5 pounds of THC edibles, and one pound of psychedelic mushrooms concealed inside the duffle bags, plastic totes, cardboard boxes, and trash bag. Two handguns, located inside the cab of the CMV, were also seized.


The driver, Brandon Ammon Johnson (39) of Laplace, LA, and passenger, Terrance Colin Hicks Jr. (46) of Houston, TX were both arrested without incident and booked into the McKinley Adult Detention Center in Gallup, NM. 


Brandon Ammon Johnson was charged with the following:


  • Trafficking controlled substances-Cocaine (by distribution or sale of narcotic drug – 1st offense) 30-31-20(A)(2) &       (B)(1), a second-degree felony
  • Trafficking controlled substances-Fentanyl (by distribution or sale of narcotic drug – 1st offense) 30-31-20(A)(2) & (B)(1), a second-degree felony
  • Distribution of Marijuana over 100 pounds (1st offense) 30-31-22(A)(1)(C), a third-degree felony
  • Distribution of a controlled substance Schedule I-IV –Psychedelic mushroom, 1st offense, 30-31-22(A)(2)(a), a third-degree felony


Terrance Colin Hicks Jr. was charged with the following:


  • Trafficking controlled substances-Cocaine (by distribution or sale of narcotic drug – 1st offense) 30-31-20(A)(2) & (B)(1), a second-degree felony
  • Trafficking controlled substances-Fentanyl (by distribution or sale of narcotic drug – 1st offense) 30-31-20(A)(2) & (B)(1), a second-degree felony
  • Distribution of Marijuana over 100 pounds (1st offense) 30-31-22(A)(1)(C), a third-degree felony
  • Distribution of a controlled substance Schedule I-IV –Psychedelic mushroom, 1st offense, 30-31-22(A)(2)(a), a third-degree felony
  • Possession of firearm or destructive device by a felon, 30-7-16, a fourth-degree felony

Senator David Gallegos (R) and Senator Leo Jaramillo (D) Introduce “Baby Box” LegislationBipartisan revision to Safe Haven Act would allow for infants to be legally surrendered anonymously in secure “Baby Box”

SANTA FE – Senator David Gallegos (R-Lea and Eddy) and Senator Leo Jaramillo (D-Los Alamos, Rio Arriba, Sandoval, And Santa Fe) today introduced bipartisan legislation amending the Safe Haven Act to allow for the installation of baby boxes in all 33 counties. A baby box, as used around the country, is a safety drawer at a firehouse where an infant can be surrendered safely and anonymously for any reason. The boxes are equipped with ventilation and heat regulation, and a silent alarm to alert the rescue team. As it stands currently, the use of baby boxes is not permitted in New Mexico under the Safe Haven Act which specifies that infants can only be surrendered to a healthcare provider, law enforcement officer, or first responder within 90 days of birth to remove liability of abandonment from the parent.


“We have been at the tip of the spear of this issue in the Española Valley,” said Senator Jaramillo. “For years, our city leaders, legislative representatives, and the President of the Española Firefighters Union (IAFF 4339) have been advocating for these devices to save the lives of infants who are born to scared parents with limited options. This legislation will allow my community and communities around the state to install these life saving devices and avoid the next tragedy.”

“We experienced the gut-wrenching reality of what this law can mean to save lives in New Mexico just a few weeks ago in Hobbs,” said Senator Gallegos. “We were fortunate that baby Saul Israel Astorga who was thrown in the dumpster is alive, but we need to do more to ensure this never happens again. We need to educate our children and youth that there is another way. Baby boxes offer another option to allow for infants to be surrendered safely without the guilt of a personal contact with a law enforcement officer or medical provider. If this bill can save just one life, it will be worth every dollar invested in this project.”


The boxes stand to cost the state about $30,000 per installation. This bill appropriates funds for the instillation of one per county

Albuquerque and Santa Fe Again Top Moviemaker Magazine’s Best Places to Live and Work as a Moviemaker

January 25, 2022
SANTA FE, NM – Today MovieMaker Magazine named two New Mexico cities on their list of Best Places To Live and Work as a Moviemaker in 2022. For the fourth consecutive year in a row, Albuquerque is the #1 Best Place to Live and Work as a movie maker in the Big Cities category and Santa Fe was ranked #3 in the Small Cities and Towns category. 
“It’s no surprise that New Mexico cities continue to top the list of the best places to be a filmmaker – New Mexico is the place to be for film and TV,” said New Mexico Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham. “Our work to support and expand New Mexico’s film infrastructure continues to yield real results: a booming industry that provides countless jobs and economic opportunity in communities across the state.

Filmmakers take note – New Mexico wants you!”

“Four times at No. 1 is astonishing, and it’s a testament to how much Albuquerque has exploded as a production hub,” MovieMaker Editor-in-Chief Tim Molloy says. “Big investments from Netflix and NBCUniversal have helped dramatically, and so have state and local officials who are proud ambassadors of Albuquerque and other gorgeous New Mexico locales from Santa Fe to Taos. Work opportunities abound in New Mexico, and the state is doing an impressive job of helping to train up more locals to join its highly professional crews. Albuquerque is a lovely, friendly, affordable, very livable city that offers a terrific work-life balance. Santa Fe is very commutable to Albuquerque and feels like a resort town that somehow also offers endless creative opportunities, while constantly refilling your sense of wonder. Together they form a film corridor unmatched anywhere. Both are accessible to mountains that can double as New Hampshire’s and desert landscapes that can double for Mars. The region has heart and beauty and a spirit of exploration you can’t find anywhere else on earth. And yes, Los Angeles is a short flight away, but maybe you can just convince that L.A. producer you’re meeting to move to New Mexico.”

CITIES1. Albuquerque, New Mexico2. Toronto, Canada3. Atlanta, Georgia4. Montreal, Canada5. Boston, Massachusetts

“Albuquerque is one of the fastest-growing high-tech, sustainable film production hubs in North America,” said Mayor Tim Keller. “The industry has grown here despite the challenges of the pandemic, creating jobs and opportunities in our community, bringing in new dollars to local businesses, and attracting new business, both inside and outside the creative sectors.”
SMALL CITIES AND TOWNS1. New Orleans, Louisiana2. Savannah, Georgia3. Santa Fe, New Mexico4. Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania5. Tulsa, Oklahoma

In a joint statement from Santa Fe Mayor Alan Webber and Santa Fe County Manager Katherine Miller, “Santa Fe continues to garner great recognition as a superb place to write, produce and make films. We have the people, the resources, and the community support to sustain an industry that continues to grow and flourish—and an industry that fits Santa Fe and contributes to our community. This is another honor that adds to Santa Fe’s bragging rights!”
“From state to local leaders, to business owners and local residents, New Mexico embraces and supports this thriving sector of our state’s economy.

We are pleased to not only see Albuquerque and Santa Fe topping MovieMaker Magazine’s Best Places to Live and Work as a MovieMaker, but maintaining their position as top places for filmmakers to call home,” said Alicia J. Keyes, Cabinet Secretary, Economic Development Department. “The industry offers multi-faceted benefits to our state including career paths for New Mexicans, serves as a tourism magnet, and provides revenue to local businesses. With full support from Governor Lujan Grisham we are continuing to build upon and elevate the ecosystem that New Mexico offers to the film and television industry.”

MovieMaker compiles its annual list based on surveys, production spending, tax incentives, additional research, and personal visits, whenever possible. .

“Thank you to MovieMaker Magazine for recognizing our great state as the place to be if you are in film and TV. Albuquerque has been ranked #1 for four consecutive years and Santa Fe has sustained a top 5 ranking for the past five years which is a testament to New Mexico’s status as a production hub,” said Amber Dodson, Director, New Mexico Film Office. “As we look toward a bright future in 2022 for the New Mexico film and television industry, we at the New Mexico Film Office are excited to continue to roll out workforce development programs that will quickly train up New Mexicans to meet the sustained demand for our world-class crew, while also providing quality well-paying career paths.”
For the complete 2022 list of Best Places to Live and Work as a Moviemaker visit
MovieMaker Contact: Editor-In-Chief Tim Molloy:

This my hope for you and I

This is my hope for you and myself, that God will make you exceedingly blessed, and you will be wise enough to know that nothing is yours its his, and your only receiving this ability to project his will of love on the world, you are nothing but a servant in the King of Kings endless kingdom, your mission to reflect his blessings on his children, your brothers and sisters, that is your only purpose, to love him with all your heart mind and soul, to treat your neighbor as how you would like to be treated and to reflect the blessings of god in all you do and throughout the world, to show the world that there is a living God and He is Alive and He’s working through his people and they are going to make this world a better place in his name, and in his honor, When they had him in chains he could of released himself and sent 10000 battle ready angels to show his power, but that we would truly love him he died on the cross so that all the scriptures would be fulfilled ,so we can see and know god through our worldly eyes, It is true, he is alive-in our hearts and in reality, it is impossible for the world to forget, and it will never forget, because he was a real man and god in spirit and died out of love, the world will make many claims to disapprove his love, but it will always remain and never fade for eternity that, he came and fed the people and washed their feet and was pure love and his last words were “you will be with me in paradise”, and the reason for his death was because he came to save the world from sin and darkness, this will never be forgotten, 3000 years later he walks among us, and because of this ,you are blessed with limitless salvation, because he washed their feet and said you will be with me in paradise is why you are Royalty, use your Royal inheritance to bless the world, This is my hope and prayer for you and I, In his Name I pray amen.

World Loses Cultural Icon Vicente Fernandez

Mexico lost one if its greatest national icons today with the Passing of Vicente Fernandez. Vicente was probably one of the most influential musicians in Mexican history with many of his songs hits, like “por du maldiot amor” “el rey” and “aca entre nos”; All of Mexico is crying today with the loss of its greatest father figure and singer Vicente Fernandez, rest In peace Vicente!

Stephen Judy Development Plan as Governor of New Mexico

It is clear , New Mexico needs more aggressive laws against violence and property crime , well funded police forces statewide , and an extreme and concentrated effort towards funding for our teachers And for building many more schools and learning facilities ,furthermore , we must kill poverty with education,technology and entrepreneurialism , our next priorities should be to revitalize our communities with affordable housing using funds to reconnect communities , help citizens and improve the quality of life on our streets, Our citizens must be involved in working together to lift our State into the top rankings with other States , we must also create citizen organized government oversight groups to protect our states resources .I love and believe in New Mexico , I believe we can become a modern prized State to live in, the envy and model of other State’s , I believe New Mexico can work as a team , focus our efforts and resolve the issues that challenge or hinder our success, this is my plan to contribute to the State that I love and I will be working towards this End Thank you and Viva Nuevo Mexico.

The land of dreams

The United States is the land of dreams , it was built by people and created by foreigners, let us never forget that we all are castaways,wretched and outcast, I know for the sake of our country we have rules and laws regulating immigration and rightly so for the greatest nation on earth , but let us never adopt an ideology that demonizes new immigrants , because when you do this not only do we demonize ourselves but we are betraying the great American spirit of opportunity and freedom for whoever wishes to work and make a go at it , my fellow Americans Remember where we started , remember how far we’ve come to make sure that people can sit anywhere on the bus if they choose , and most importantly remember that we are the light of the world , and we we’ve built something that is made to shine for all who seek it !

Boebert Should resign immediately

A Congressperson that has made such racist and inflammatory comments about a fellow congressperson that boebert has made must immediately be terminated from working for the American people; this is not behavior fitting for a congressperson and does represent America.Americans need to unite and vote out all leadership that “ normalizes” racist comments , apology not accepted!

Klarrisa Pena’s bridge lighting project brilliant!

City counselor Klarrissa Pena’s bridge lighting project is brilliant ! For years the central bridge over the Rio Grande was dark and cold , but now it’s warm and bright , giving a nice glow over a nighttime Bosque ; in fact the bridge lighting program might be even be more impactful than the entire A.R.T , program itself in function , cost and aesthetics.We think if someone has the insight to light up the bridges , a low cost idea with big returns , then they probably care about our community.Thank you city counselor Pena for lightening up our drive over the bridge and making the Duke City a better place !

Make New Mexico 1st in everything: stop the misappropriation of the peoples funds.

New Mexico is such beautiful and wonderful; This State deserves so much more! New Mexico has always been good to me (being born in Denver and moving to New Mexico As a child, I love this state and have been apart everything it offers , so I must say this, If you want to solve New Mexico’s Crime problem and our education problem, start at the top, get rid of all the red tape and hands in our money ,cut the ties, and make sure that our state funds are appropriated transparently and correctly.