Servando Camacho-Velasquez, also known as El Baron, was turned over to representatives of Mexico's National Prosecutor Office and immigration service, according to a press release by Immigration and Customs Enforcement. The 47-year-old Mexican national had been previously deported from the United States and was wanted in his native country for aggravated homicide. The handover took place on February 21 at the DeConcini Port of Entry in Nogales. He was named in an arrest warrant issued on November 4, 2015 by a judge in Hermosillo, the capital of the State of Sonora, Mexico.
 
Camacho-Velazquez most recently entered ICE custody Feb. 16 after serving 18 months in the Arizona Department of Corrections for a felony drug smuggling conviction. Department of Homeland Security databases show that he had been previously deported in January 2014 through Del Rio, Texas. ICE reinstated his prior removal order, paving the way for Wednesday’s repatriation.
 
“ICE will not allow fugitives who’ve fled their countries seeking to elude justice to find a safe haven here,” said Enrique Lucero, field office director for ERO Phoenix, according to the release. “Not only will we continue to aggressively seek out these dangerous criminals, but those found to have active warrants abroad will be turned over to the authorities in their respective countries through our well-coordinated removal efforts.”
 
Since Oct. 1, 2009, ERO has removed more than 1,700 foreign fugitives from the United States who were sought in their native countries for serious crimes, including kidnapping, rape and murder. In fiscal year 2016, ICE conducted 240,255 removals nationwide. Ninety-two percent of individuals removed from the interior of the United States had previously been convicted of a criminal offense.
 
ERO works with the ICE Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) Office of International Operations, foreign consular offices in the United States, and Interpol to identify foreign fugitives illegally present in the United States. 


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Spero News editor Martin Barillas is a former US diplomat, who also worked as a democracy advocate and election observer in Latin America. His first novel 'Shaken Earth', is available at Amazon.

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