Suspect Porfirio Salazar, 34, of Albuquerque, is escorted from the Valencia County Sheriff's Office to the Valencia County Detention Center this evening.

An Albuquerque man is in custody tonight, charged with two open counts of murder in relation to a double homicide last November.

Porfirio Salazar, 34, of Albuquerque, was taken into custody earlier today, Friday, Feb. 5, in Albuquerque, without incident during a traffic stop.

Salazar is charged in the shooting deaths of brothers Erik Verto Rodriguez, 20, and Roque Alejandro Rodriguez, 23, both of Los Lunas. Investigators have identified Salazar as the brothers' uncle by marriage.

On Nov. 27, 2020, detectives with the Valencia County Sheriff's Office investigated a double homicide at 34 Navajo Lane in Meadow Lake on the east side of the county.

The brothers were found dead at the scene from apparent gunshot wounds, according to investigators. A dark colored sedan was seen leaving the scene and photographed by neighbors. The initial investigation by detectives showed multiple shots were fired at the scene and several firearms were recovered.

Evidence at the scene also indicated the suspect who fled the scene sustained a significant injury during the violent confrontation with the Rodriguez brothers.

Several search warrants were obtained by detectives, and Porfirio was processed this evening in relation to the November shooting. While in custody, detectives discovered a gunshot wound on Porfirio's left leg consistent with being caused on or around the time of the homicides.

Investigators currently suspect that the deaths of the two young men were a result of illegal drug trafficking.

After processing by VCSO, Porfirio was booked into the Valencia County Detention Center tonight.

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