Please be advised, upon review of your IPRA request, we have determined that the materials you have requested contain confidential law enforcement information, the release of which would jeopardize an active and ongoing Federal investigation.
U.S. Attorney Damon P. Martinez confirmed that the FBI, ATF, Albuquerque Police Department and Albuquerque Fire Department are collaborating with the U.S. Attorney’s Office on a federal investigation into a series of fires and explosions that damaged seven commercial businesses and a house of worship and destroyed a condominium construction site in Albuquerque, N.M., between Nov. 16, 2016 and Nov. 26, 2016. The federal investigation into the nine fires and explosions is continuing.
As a matter of policy, the Justice Department does not discuss investigative matters or disclose investigative information, and requests that agencies participating in federal investigations adhere to its policy. The purposes underlying the Department’s policy are to protect the integrity of its investigations and to safeguard the constitutional rights of individuals who are subjects of, and/or may be charged as a result of, its investigations. The U.S. Attorney’s Office has requested that the City consider these important federal interests in responding to IPRA requests. The U.S. Attorney’s Office will disclose additional information when it is permitted to do so under Justice Department policy.
Accordingly, we must deny your request at this time pursuant to the law enforcement exception, NMSA 14-2-1-(A)(4), and this request shall be closed.
Emailed on 12/14/2016 AS