FARMINGTON, N.M. (AP) — The U.S. Marshals Service says it plans to open an office in northwestern New Mexico.

Five years in the making, officials say the much-needed office in Farmington will provide a base for deputy marshals and members of the Southwest Investigative Fugitive Team as they cover the Four Corners region, where the borders of New Mexico, Colorado, Arizona and Utah meet.

Each year, the team apprehends an average of 300 of the most violent fugitives wanted on federal and state charges in the region.

The team includes several partners, from the Bureau of Indian Affairs and Immigration and Customs to the FBI, New Mexico State Police and local law enforcement agencies.