FBI: Embattled New Mexico sheriff, son arrested

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) -- The FBI says a New Mexico sheriff and his son have been arrested in an ongoing investigation.

FBI spokesman Frank Fisher said Rio Arriba County Sheriff Thomas Rodella and his son, Thomas, Jr., were arrested Friday morning in their Espanola home, but didn't say why.

Fisher says federal officials will give more details later Friday.

U.S. Attorney Damon Martinez and FBI Special Agent in Charge Carol Lee have scheduled a press conference for Friday to announce the filing of a "significant federal indictment," but also didn't offer details.

A lawyer for Rodella didn't immediately return a phone message and email from The Associated Press.

In June, FBI agents raided Rodella's home in connection with an aggravated assault case. The raid occurred just hours after Rodella lost re-election.

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