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Border Patrol agents in New Mexico capture murder suspect fleeing to U.S.

January 10, 2017  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Border Patrol agents in New Mexico capture murder suspect fleeing to U.S.

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U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agents working in southern New Mexico apprehended a Mexican murder suspect wanted in his native country after fleeing to the U.S.

Camera technology signaled officers working at Deming Station to a group of individuals that passed over the border illegally west of the Columbus Port of Entry in New Mexico.

Officers at the camera monitoring station used the technology to lead the interceptors to the precise location where the migrants were hiding, according to a CBP press release.

The group moved to an area northeast of the port of entry and were trying to hide in the woods. They confessed to agents that they had illegally crossed the border into the U.S. The agents arrested all of the immigrants and brought them to the Deming Border Patrol Station for further identification and processing.

A background check indicated that that one of the illegals, 29-year-old Francisco Esparza Gallegos, had a lengthy criminal history. Agents discovered that Gallegos was a murder suspect wanted in Mexico for homicide. He also has pending charges in the U.S. for “re-entry of a deported migrant.”

Agents reached out to the Border Patrol’s Foreign Operations Branch, who then contacted the Attorney General of Mexico’s office to verify the outstanding arrest warrant. The man will be extradited to Mexico after facing U.S. charges for illegal re-entry.

“This incident demonstrates how vigilance by Border Patrol Agents, and the ability to rapidly respond, is instrumental in keeping our nation’s borders safe,” officials with the CBP announced in a statement.

It is not unusual for Mexican homicide suspects to escape to the U.S. to avoid prosecution. In September, agents with Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Removal Operations (ERO) deported a Mexican for the third time in three years. Twenty-two year old Elmer Tinoco-Eutimio was turned over to Mexican officials to face trial for his role in the brutal murder of an elderly woman.

ERO agents deported another Mexican national hiding inside the U.S. in California.

According to Breitbart Texas, the 30-year-old Jose De Jesus Barajas-Lopez was turned over to Mexican officials at the San Ysidro Port of Entry in November. Officials with Mexico’s Procuraduria General de la Republica (PGR) and Mexican immigration officials took Barajas-Lopez into custody. The Mexican national was initially apprehended by FBI agents in Othello, Washington, and was wanted in Mexico for a murder in Tecomán, Colima stemming from 2013.

Officials with Mexico’s Procuraduria General de la Republica (PGR) and Mexican immigration officials took Barajas-Lopez into custody. The Mexican national was initially apprehended by FBI agents in Othello, Washington, and was wanted in Mexico for a murder in Tecomán, Colima stemming from 2013.

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