“While there is no operation name or designation, our law enforcement colleagues at the FBI work daily with prosecutors in that office to give the Indian country better access to justice and public safety, and I continue to be extremely proud of it,” he said.
Anderson said he is also excited about the partnerships he has forged with local law enforcement agencies.
As previously reported by KOB, Anderson’s office worked with the Bernalillo District Attorney’s Office, the Bernalillo Sheriff and the Albuquerque Police Department to increase public safety.
According to the FBI, the city’s violent crime rate is nearly three times the national rate. Because of this, Anderson said it was important that these agencies continue to work together in the future.
“One of the reasons federal law enforcement has a role to play here in Albuquerque is because of the perceived weakness of the state system and its ability to hold particularly violent criminals accountable,” he said.
Anderson said repeat offenders receive harsher sentences if they are prosecuted by the federal government.
He was also in charge of the New Mexico office when Trump announced the controversial law enforcement project Operation Legend.
Anderson told KOB federal agents that they could use the Albuquerque Police Department to identify an Albuquerque woman’s killer, Jacque Vigil.
“To me this is a good example of the idea that a big push like this like Operation Legend can bring some degree of justice and some degree of closure to a family like the Vigils.”
According to Anderson, methamphetamine from Mexico is driving violent crime in the city. He told KOB he could solve some of the problems and hoped the next US attorney would continue to crack down on drug traffickers and violent criminals.
“I can’t speculate what a new government will look like,” he said.
“I think these issues will continue, these issues are not administrative specific and will continue to be challenging,” added Anderson.
“We’ll be able to see large amounts of mass-produced meth from Mexico and I believe this is a driver of violent crime so I don’t know what the approach will be, but I believe many of the same challenges will be to be addressed by the next government, ”he said.
Anderson said he plans to join a Santa Fe law firm after he retires.
U.S. First Assistant Attorney, Fred Federici III, will serve as U.S. Interim Attorney for the New Mexico District until President-elect Joe Biden selects a replacement.