U.S. Border Patrol agents in southern New Mexico captured a Mexican national wanted for murder in his home country after he fled to America.
The agents assigned to the Deming Station were alerted by camera technology to a group of illegal immigrants that crossed the border west of the Columbus, New Mexico, Port of Entry. Agents at the camera monitoring station used the technology to guide the interceptors to the exact location where the migrants were hiding, information obtained from U.S. Customs and Border Protection by Breitbart Texas revealed.
The group had moved to an area northeast of the port of entry and were attempting to hide in the brush. They admitted to agents they had illegally entered the U.S. The agents arrested all of the migrants in the group and transported them to the Deming Border Patrol Station for processing and identification.
A background check revealed that one of the illegal aliens, Francisco Esparza Gallegos, 29, had a long criminal history. Agents learned Gallegos was wanted in Mexico for a homicide. He also has pending charges in the U.S. for “re-entry of a deported migrant,” CBP officials stated.
The agents contacted the Border Patrol’s Foreign Operations Branch. Those agents contacted the Attorney General of Mexico’s office to confirm the validity of the outstanding warrant. He will be deported to Mexico after facing charges in the U.S. for illegal re-entry.
“This incident demonstrates how vigilance by U.S. Border Patrol Agents, and the ability to rapidly respond, is instrumental in keeping our nation’s borders safe,” CBP officials said in the written statement.
It is not uncommon for Mexican murder suspects to flee to the U.S. to avoid prosecution. In September 2016, Breitbart Texas reported that Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Enforcement Removal Operations (ERO) agents deported a Mexican national for the third time in three years. Elmer Tinoco-Eutimio, 22, was turned over to Mexican authorities to stand trial for his alleged role in a bludgeoning homicide of an elderly woman.
Another Mexican national hiding deep inside the U.S. was deported by ERO agents in California. Jose De Jesus Barajas-Lopez, 30, was turned over to Mexican authorities at the San Ysidro Port of Entry in California on November 9, according to information obtained by Breitbart Texas from ICE officials. Officials with Mexico’s Procuraduria General de la Republica (PGR) and Mexican immigration officials took custody of Barajas-Lopez as he was deported. The Mexican national had been arrested by FBI agents in Othello, Washington, and was wanted in Mexico for a 2013 murder in Tecomán, Colima.