RIO RANCHO, N.M. — It was supposed to be a planned development aimed at giving residents a taste of the desert of the American West, in all its peace and natural beauty.
Instead, an isolated, unincorporated area northwest of Albuquerque has become a harbor for illegal shooting ranges and the disposal of stolen cars, old appliances and even bodies.
The land known as Rio Rancho Estates, once envisioned as place for upscale homes, is a popular spot for illegal dumping, the Albuquerque Journal reports . That’s because of easy access provided by about 660 miles (1,060 kilometers) of well-maintained dirt roads, Sandoval County Sheriff’s Office Lt. Keith Elder said.
He says almost 40 percent of all stolen cars that were recovered throughout the county last year were found within 21 square miles (...Read More