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Socorro council member, police officer indicted

Socorro City Rep. Jesus “Jesse” Gandara Jr. and Socorro police Sgt. Refugio Orta have both been indicted.

Gandara and Orta were both indicted on a charge of theft of property greater than or equal to $1,500 but under $20,000. The offense allegedly occurred on June 8, 2011.

Orta is on paid leave. Gandara resigned his seat on Socorro City Council but is still on City Council. He is running for his vacated seat in the May 11 election.

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