Historic NMVTIS Prosecution Case in New Mexico

The New Mexico Certified Automotive Recyclers Association (NMCARA) would like to commend the San Juan County Sheriff’s Office, the National Salvage Vehicle Reporting Program, and the U.S. Department of Justice’s National Motor Vehicle Title Information System (NMVTIS) Enforcement Program for their combined efforts that resulted in the recent prosecution of an illegally operating salvage business in San Juan County, New Mexico. The prosecution of CBH Trucking and Salvage is the first time that Department of Justice (DOJ) enforcement was taken in conjunction with state prosecution for NMVTIS violations.

Beginning in early 2012, the San Juan County Sheriff’s Office of Rural Crimes Unit began receiving information that a scrap metal salvage business in San Juan County had been illegally engaged in the purchase of vehicles for the purpose of converting them to scrap. Subsequent investigation and an examination of business records confirmed that the illegal purchasing of vehicles for scrap had been going on at this business for several decades and confirmed that numerous violations of the NMVTIS law had occurred.

In coordination with the Administrator of the National Salvage Vehicle Reporting Program (NSVRP), documentation was submitted to the Department of Justice NMVTIS Program and its Bureau of Justice Assistance in Washington, D.C. DOJ subsequently ordered further disclosure of CBH Trucking and Salvage records of vehicle purchases going back to the advent of the NMVTIS program in May of 2009. Additional illegal vehicle purchases were discovered, bringing the total number of vehicles purchased in violation of NMVTIS reporting requirements to 533.
DOJ proceedings ultimately determined that the amount of assessed fines and penalties for CBH Trucking and Salvage would be $59,540.00. Co-owner Carl Huish pled guilty to five counts of state statute and charges were dismissed against co-owner Bobby Huish. Sentencing for Carl Huish will take place later this summer.

“This case sets an important precedent and demonstrates how cooperation between federal, state and local jurisdictions can result in greater compliance with mandated reporting procedures,” said NMCARA Executive Director, Sandy Blalock, in the association’s press release. ARA joins NMCARA in applauding the work of the San Juan County Sheriff’s Office, the National Salvage Vehicle Reporting Program, and the DOJ NMVTIS Enforcement Program.