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Mexico extradites 11 fugitives to the United States...
    #11362478 - 11/01/09 02:42 PM (7 years, 11 months ago)

Nov. 1 09 - Reuters

100 Fugitives Surrendered in 2009 to the United States, Breaks Record

WASHINGTON, Nov. 1 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Mexican government has
extradited 11 defendants to face trial in the United States, the Justice
Department announced today.  The defendants are accused of various crimes,
including murder, sex offenses, drug trafficking and money laundering in
Texas, Washington, Florida, Indiana, California and Maryland.

With the arrival of these 11 individuals, Mexico has now extradited 100
defendants to the United States in 2009, the highest yearly number of
extraditions from Mexico to date.  The extradition of 95 defendants in 2008
was the previous record number of extraditions for one year from Mexico.

"The extradition of these 11 defendants exemplifies the strong cooperative
relationship between the United States and Mexico," said Attorney General Eric
Holder.  "Each year since 2001, Mexico has increased the number of defendants
it extradites to the United States.  By ensuring that alleged criminals are
held accountable, we send a strong message that fleeing across the border does
not mean you will escape justice.  I am looking forward to meeting Attorney
General Chavez tomorrow and discussing additional ways we as law enforcement
partners can work together to hold such defendants, particularly alleged
leaders and associates of drug cartels, accountable."

The defendants arrived in the United States on Saturday, Oct. 31, 2009, and
will be transferred to the jurisdictions in which they face charges.  The
extradited defendants, and the charges they face, are listed below:

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA:

Victor Manuel Contreras Soltero and Arturo Casas Vasquez are Mexican citizens
indicted by the Criminal Division's Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs Section in
the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia for conspiracy to import
and to distribute cocaine and distribution of cocaine.  Contreras Soltero and
Casas Vasquez are alleged to have directed the importation of tons of cocaine
from Mexico into the United States between 2002 and 2005.

SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF FLORIDA

Leonardo Vasquez Estrada, a Mexican citizen, was charged in the U.S. District
Court for the Southern District of Florida with conspiracy to commit money
laundering and 12 counts of money laundering.  Vasquez Estrada is alleged to
have been a member of an organization that laundered money from drug sales in
the United States through Mexican banks from 2003 to 2007.

SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF TEXAS

Jesus Emilio Rivera Pinon is a Mexican citizen charged in the U.S. District
Court for the Southern District of Texas with conspiracy to possess with the
intent to distribute cocaine, possession with the intent to distribute cocaine
and money laundering.  Rivera Pinon is alleged to have been involved in 1989
with an organization responsible for distributing thousands of pounds of
cocaine in the United States.  In 1995, he became the first Mexican citizen
ordered extradited to the United States by a Mexican court.  His return was
delayed while he served a prison sentence for a conviction in Mexico.

STATE OF INDIANA

Francisco Contreras is a Mexican citizen charged in Marion County, Indiana,
with five counts of sexual offenses against a minor for allegedly molesting a
young girl repeatedly in 2002.

STATE OF TEXAS

Rodolfo Villela Tovar is a Mexican citizen charged in Travis County, Texas,
with murder.  Villela Tovar allegedly shot his ex-girlfriend to death on May
28, 2008.

Jesus Manuel Garza is a Mexican citizen charged in Sutton County, Texas, with
murder and other crimes.  On the night of Jan. 13, 2008, Garza allegedly shot
a co-worker to death, stole the co-worker's wallet and truck, and fled to
Mexico.

Cesar Pacheco is a Mexican citizen charged in El Paso, Texas, with attempted
murder, sexual assault and other crimes. On the night of May 5, 2005, Cesar
and another man allegedly broke into the home of Cesar's aunt and raped her.
The two are alleged to have stabbed her multiple times and attempted to
suffocate her with a plastic bag after she recognized her assailants.

STATE OF CALIFORNIA

Gabriel Cabrera Lopez is a Mexican citizen, charged in Riverside County,
Calif., for sex offenses against a child.  Beginning in the early 1990s and
ending in 2005, Lopez is alleged to have molested and raped his young daughter
and a niece.

Arnoldo Vargas Esteves is a Mexican citizen charged in Riverside County,
Calif., with murder.  Esteves allegedly shot and killed a member of a rival
gang during a fight on Dec. 18, 1998.

STATE OF MARYLAND

Joel Nunez Valles has been charged in Howard County, Md., with murder and
robbery.  In October 2005, Nunez Valles allegedly stabbed his brother 19 times
after his brother refused to lend him money.  Nunez Valles then allegedly
stole $2,000 and fled to Mexico.


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