Two arrested in Farmington trying to illegally obtain driver's license

Posted at: 04/10/2013 12:41 PM
By: Shaun Griswold, KOB.com

A man who attempted to pay $2,500 to an organized crime ring for a driver’s license was arrested in Farmington, according to the New Mexico Taxation and Revenue Department.

Jose Dolores Flores-Bonilla, 31, reportedly drove from Georgia to New Mexico in an attempt to illegally obtain the license, state tax and revenue spokesperson S.U. Mahesh said.

According to a statement released Wednesday, Flores-Bonilla met Ivan Jose Gonzales in Los Lunas, the pair then drove to Farmington where they were arrested by state police outside the Motor Vehicle Department in the Four Corners.

Flores-Bonilla, a Mexican national, reportedly paid $500 for the trip to New Mexico.He was expected to pay an additional $2,000 to an organized crime ring that has assisted at least 40 undocumented immigrants obtain driver’s licenses, Mahesh said.

The state’s Tax Fraud and Investigations Division learned the group operated in New Mexico for more than a year.The group reportedly used faked addresses and P.O. Box numbers in Albuquerque, Belen, Los Lunas and Rio Rancho.

Gonzales, a Los Lunas resident, booked into the San Juan County Detention Center. Flores-Bonilla was also booked into the detention center and was taken into custody by immigration officials.