ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – A KRQE News 13 investigation reveals a bolstered effort by federal prosecutors to crackdown on gun crime in the metro-area by addressing a specific type of violation. In 2022, the U.S. Attorney’s Office of New Mexico prosecuted eight cases with allegations of people buying guns for others, or straw purchases. That’s up from five cases in 2021, and between one and four cases each year from 2012 through 2021.

Offering a look behind the scenes of her investigation, KRQE News 13 Investigative Reporter Ann Pierret recently discussed her straw purchasing accountability story in a “Behind the Story” conversation with KRQE Digital Anchor Chris McKee. Watch the video embedded on this page for the full conversation.

Ann and Chris discuss how the investigation took shape, how she secured interviews with the federal authorities overseeing the investigative and prosecutorial work in New Mexico, and more on why prosecutors are taking on the task. For more context on Ann’s story, view her investigation on The story is titled: “Feds say New Mexicans fueling gun crimes with straw purchases.”

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“Behind the Story,” is KRQE News 13’s online exclusive web series, giving viewers a more detailed look into the process and the work that goes into KRQE News 13’s investigative reports. For more segments on prior stories, visit the KRQE News 13 Investigates page by clicking this link.