An illegal immigrant wanted in Mexico for murder has been arrested in Colorado, Immigration and Customs Enforcement announced Friday.
Officers with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Enforcement and Removal Operations apprehended Jesus Gabriel Ibarra-Espinoza, a former Mexican police officer, wanted by authorities in Mexico for an aggravated homicide, in Centennial, Colo. on Tuesday.
A witness alleges that at 1am on January 17, 2000 Ibarra-Espinoza shot Adrian Almodovar-Villalba with his assigned AR-17 while working as a police officer in Mocorito, Mexico on a security detail at a party. The witness said that Ibarra-Espinoza may have been intoxicated.
ICE reports that Ibarra-Espinoza fled the scene and later illegally entered the United States. ICE removed him from the U.S. in February 2000 but he returned and last entered the U.S. illegally in May 2000.
“Our ERO officers ensure that dangerous fugitives don’t use the United States as a safe haven from their crimes in other countries,” John Longshore, field office director for ERO Denver, said in a statement. “They provide a valuable public-safety service by removing dangerous criminal aliens from our communities.
According to ICE, Ibarra-Espinoza is currently in custody awaiting deportation proceedings.