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Mexican National Wanted for Murder is Deported by ICE

A 36-year-old Mexican national wanted in his native country for murder was removed Wednesday, October 24, 2012, by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) officers.

Rigoberto Puga-De La Rosa was transported from the Seattle area by an ICE Air Operations charter flight to San Diego, Calif., where he was turned over to Mexican officials at the Otay Mesa border crossing.

Puga-De La Rosa was taken into custody by ERO Criminal Alien Program officers at the Grays Harbor County Jail in August and placed in removal proceedings following his release by local authorities. He was in local custody on state charges.

Records checks by ERO at that time indicated Puga-De La Rosa might be a suspect in a homicide committed in the Mexican state of Jalisco. Los Angeles-based representatives from the Mexican Attorney General’s Office subsequently confirmed there was an outstanding 2003 warrant for his arrest on charges of first degree murder. Mexican authorities requested theU.S.government’s assistance in returning Puga-De La Rosa to face charges.

Earlier this month, Puga-De La Rosa was order deported by an immigration judge, paving the way for his repatriation to Mexico Wednesday, October 24, 2012.

“ICE’s top immigration enforcement priority is to protect the community from individuals who may pose a threat to public safety,” said Bryan Wilcox, acting field office director for ERO Seattle. “Had it not been for ERO officers working cooperatively with local jail authorities to screen inmates for immigration violations, this dangerous murder suspect would have been set free.”

Puga-De La Rosa was held by ICE at the Northwest Detention Center in Tacoma pending his removal.

ERO’s Criminal Alien Program (CAP) identifies potentially deportable aliens incarcerated in jails and prisons throughout the United States. CAP officers interview and review inmates’ biographical information. Although ERO initiates removal proceedings against criminal aliens through CAP, these individuals may remain in prison or jail to complete their criminal hearings or sentences. Under CAP, ERO uses a risk-based approach to make determinations about the detention and arrest of criminal aliens, with priority given to cases involving individuals deemed to be a security or public safety threat.

Since Oct. 1, 2009, ERO has removed more than 500 foreign fugitives from the United States who were being sought in their native countries for serious crimes, including kidnapping, rape and murder. ERO works with ICE’s Office of International Affairs, foreign consular offices in the United States, and Interpol to identify foreign fugitives illegally present in the country.

Honduran Fugitive Wanted for Homicide Arrested

A Honduran national residing in Randallstown, Md., wanted in his native country for homicide and robbery was arrested Monday, April 9, by officers from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) and the U.S. Marshals Service (USMS).

“Removing known gang members and criminal aliens from our streets is an ERO priority  in maintaining the safety and quality of life that the citizens of Maryland expect,” said Calvin McCormick, field office director for ERO Baltimore. “This arrest should serve as a reminder to foreign fugitives who mistakenly believe they can elude justice by fleeing to  the U.S. ERO will continue to work closely with our law enforcement partners, both domestic and abroad, not only to ensure that criminals are held accountable for their actions, but to safeguard the rights of law-abiding citizens here and overseas.”

Oscar Orlando Amador Centeno, 29, a known MS-13 gang member, was arrested April 9 by ERO Baltimore Field Office Criminal Alien Program (CAP) officers attached to the U.S. Marshals Service Capital Area Regional Task Force, at his Md. residence after he was identified as illegally re-entering the country after having been removed, a federal felony offense. Prior to his arrest, ERO officers obtained an INTERPOL Red notice issued in September 2011, stating that Centeno was wanted in his native country pursuant to an August 12, 2011 arrest warrant for murder and robbery. Additionally, Centeno has an active arrest warrant in Prince George’s County, Md., for the offense of theft.

On Jan. 29, 2010, Centeno was deported for the offense of illegal entry into the United States. Centeno illegally re-entered into the United States at an unknown time and place. He is currently in ERO custody pending removal from the United States.

According to Centeno’s INTERPOL red notice, on July 19, 2010 in Olancho, Honduras,
he struck a victim three times in the head with a machete on a soccer field and stole his wallet. If convicted on the murder charges, he faces up to 20 years in prison.

At the time of Centeno’s arrest, another male residing at the same residence, a 21-year-old citizen and national of Honduras, and also an MS-13 gang member, was encountered and arrested. He entered illegally into the United States at an unknown time and at an unknown place. He was taken into ERO custody pending immigration removal proceedings.

ERO enforces the nation’s immigration laws in a fair and effective manner. It identifies and arrests removable aliens, detains these individuals when necessary, and removes them from the United States. ERO prioritizes the arrest and removal of convicted criminal aliens, those aliens who pose a threat to national security, immigration fugitives and recent border entrants. ERO’s CAP provides ICE-wide direction and support in the identification and arrest of those aliens who are incarcerated within federal, state and local prisons and jails, as well as at-large criminal aliens.