New Mexico sergeant arrested after lapel camera investigation

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GRANTS, N.M. (KRQE) – A police sergeant in New Mexico was arrested Wednesday, accused of stealing and distributing drugs.

The Sergeant, 33-year-old Roshern McKinney, is accused of giving his girlfriend, 23-year-old Tanicka Gallegos-Gonzales, marijuana he took from the Grants Police Station.

“In reference to Sergeant McKinney, when this situation was brought to my attention, I contacted two outside agencies to conduct concurrent but separate investigations,” said Grants Police Chief, Craig Vandiver.

What tipped off the police chief: Sergeant McKinney’s own lapel camera.

According to confidential police sources, the Sergeant unknowingly recorded himself on duty last month. It shows him enter his private office at the police station, grab what appears to be marijuana, then drive to his girlfriend’s house.

At her house, the Sergeant is recorded saying he’s giving her marijuana for her father. Sources tell KRQE News 13 the lapel then shows the Sergeant’s girlfriend on his lap while he fondles her.

“The situation is still an active and ongoing personnel matter,” said Chief Vandiver.

Through the investigation, the Sergeant is also accused of two other crimes while on duty, stealing marijuana along with close to $800 that was supposed to be submitted as evidence.

“The employee has rights, and until the investigation and personnel matters are closed, I cannot discuss it further,” said Chief Vandiver. “When the personnel matter is resolved, I’ll be able to make a further statement regarding this matter.”

Wednesday, State Police arrested McKinney for distribution of marijuana, conspiracy, and two counts of embezzlement.

McKinney’s girlfriend was also arrested for conspiracy and distribution of marijuana. Both are booked at the Sandoval County Detention Center.

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