Murder-For-Hire Against Law Officer - Local Man Arrested in Albuquerque

A South Plains man was arrested in Albuquerque for allegations of a murder-for-hire plot directed against a Lubbock Sheriff's Deputy. <span style="color: #ff0000;">UPDATED</span> 5/8/14 9:42 pm
By James Clark

LUBBOCK, TX -- A South Plains man was arrested Wednesday in Albuquerque for numerous charges including allegations of a murder-for-hire plot directed against a Lubbock County Sheriff’s Deputy. Adam Rico, 29, was arrested at a Hampton Inn Motel, and official records at the Metropolitan Detention Center in Albuquerque indicated he was held for extradition back to Texas.

At the time of his last trip to the Lubbock County Detention Center Rico’s address was listed in Smyer. His place of birth was listed as Lubbock.

KRQE television in Albuquerque reported that Rico, “plotted to assassinate a Lubbock lawman even setting the officer’s house on fire because he arrested Rico.”

Lubbock County Sheriff Kelly Rowe said the recent arrest of Coty Garcia, 21, for unrelated charges led officers to information about Rico and plans to kill a deputy.

Rowe said, “He [Garcia] had received a monetary payment in return for making a hit on that particular officer in retaliation for other investigations that have either been continuing or have already concluded.”

Rowe also said, “My instructions to the chain of command were spare no expense. ‘Bring every resource to bear. We are going to locate this individual and the others tied to the situation and soon as possible.’”

Rowe was asked about the emotional impact of a murder-for-hire plot.

He answered, “It’s a tremendous strain-- tough on the families and everything else.”

“When we’ve got a clear and present threat – and a viable threat like this – we’re not going to wait or sit on it.”

Rowe said the investigation continues to see if other individuals might have been involved.
Coty Garcia, image from Lubbock County Detention Center
Coty Garcia, image from Lubbock County Detention Center
The Lubbock County S.O. issued the following statement Thursday:

On 5-6-2014, officers with the Lubbock Police Department’s Gang unit intercepted evidence unveiling a plot to retaliate against a Lubbock Sheriff’s Deputy. Further investigation revealed that Adam Rico hired Coty Garcia to commit a criminal act intended to cause harm to the Deputy and/or his family, for the sum of $500. Garcia’s intent at the time of his arrest on unrelated charges was to carry out the contract. It was upon Garcia’s arrest that he revealed the plot to harm the Deputy and family. Garcia’s statements and evidence found by the Sheriff’s Office led to the arrest of Rico by the U.S. Marshall’s Service in Albuquerque, N.M., yesterday [Thursday]. Rico is awaiting extradition back to Lubbock at this time with a bond amount of 5 million dollars.

Adam Rico, image from Metropolitan Detention Center
Adam Rico, image from Metropolitan Detention Center
The U.S. Marshal Service in Albuquerque issued the following statement:

Deputy United States Marshals and the Albuquerque Police Officers arrested Adam Rico at the Hampton Inn Motel located at Coors and Illiff in NW Albuquerque, NM. Rico was wanted on Murder for Hire charges out of Lubbock, Texas. Allegedly, Rico made several attempts to have a Texas Law Enforcement Officer assassinated. Rico is also being charged with Arson of a Habitation and Aggravated Assault on a Police Officer. Deputies from the North Texas Fugitive Task Force in Lubbock, Texas, developed leads Rico was in Albuquerque, NM. The US Marshals Service SWIFT task force assisted Deputy Marshals from North Texas and investigated those leads locally. Rico was arrested on Federal charges in April 2014 for Weapons Offenses and Possession with intent to Distribute Methamphetamine. Rico has a $5 million dollar bail and will be booked into the Metropolitan Detention Center, where he will await extradition back to Texas.

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