FBI search home of Rio Arriba sheriff

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The Associated Press

ESPANOLA — The Federal Bureau of Investigation searched the home of Rio Arriba County Sheriff Thomas Rodella on Wednesday — just hours after he lost his bid for re-election.

Agents carried out a search warrant on Rodella’s home Wednesday morning in connection with a federal investigation, FBI spokesman Frank Fisher said. Fisher declined to give any details. The search of Rodella’s home is connected to the arrest in March of Michael Tafoya, Rio Arriba County Sheriff spokesman Jake Arnold said. He was arrested on charges of aggravated assault of a peace officer and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. No attorney is listed for Tafoya, 26.

The case was dismissed by prosecutors.

Rodella himself detained Tafoya, according to Magistrate Court documents on the case. Rodella was driving a Jeep, with his son as a passenger, on a county road on March 11 when Tafoya, driving a green Mazda with a temporary license plate, pulled out and almost hit Rodella’s vehicle, according to a deputy’s statement of probable cause for charging Tafoya.