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Escaped federal inmate on the run for 24 years captured in Mexico

November 3, 2017  |  Posted by: JammedUp Staff
Escaped federal inmate on the run for 24 years captured in Mexico

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U.S. and Mexican Authorities captured Mario Huerta, a fugitive who escaped a federal prison in Texas 24 years ago.

Law enforcement officials said the San Diego Fugitive Task Force, which encmpasses members of the U.S. Marshals Service, working along with Mexican Authorities resulted in the carrest of Mario Huerta.

The fugitive had managed to evade authorities since escaping from a Federal penitentaery near El Paso on Nov. 26, 1993.

U.S. officials said Mario Huerta, who was 26 at the time, served 10-months of his ten year sentence when he escaped from the La Tuna minimum security prison before slipping across the border into Mexico.

Information gathered by the U.S. Marshals Service helped locate Huerta’s whereabouts, NBC San Diego reported.

Mexican Federal Police apprehended the escaped fugitive on Tuesday night in Tijuana.

He was immediately transported to the San Ysidro Port of Entry, where he was turned over to U.S. authorities.

Huerta will be transported to Texas where he faces further charges for his jailbreak, which will add to his original sentence.

“The U.S. Marshals take pride in never giving up on a fugitive investigation, no matter how old, I hope that other fugitives take note, and sleep a little lighter tonight,” Steve Jurman, commander of the San Diego Fugitive Task Force, said in a statement.

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