A Las Cruces man whose hunting license privileges had been suspended for noncompliance with the Parental Responsibility Act was fined $763 after pleading guilty to illegally buying a hunting license and unlawful possession of a deer.

Martin Chacon, 41, appeared before Las Cruces Magistrate Richard Silva in early January. An investigation following a tip to Operation Game Thief revealed evidence that Chacon had purchased numerous hunting licenses since the State Game Commission suspended his license privileges in December 2000. A search warrant for Chacon’s residence also led to the seizure of multiple deer heads and firearms.

Operation Game Thief offers rewards for information leading to the arrest or filing of charges against individuals who violate wildlife laws. The reward for information involving deer is $500. The toll-free Operation Game Thief number is (800) 432-4263.

Logo courtesy New Mexico Department of Game & Fish

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