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2016-07-07

Texas ICE officers deport fugitive wanted for aggravated homicide

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A Mexican fugitive wanted for aggravated homicide in his home country was deported Tuesday by officers with United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO).
Mario Lucio-Gonzales, 30, was turned over to Mexican authorities Sunday, June 28, at the Lincoln Juarez Port of Entry in Laredo, Texas.
Mexico’s Procuraduria General de la Republic (PGR) issued a warrant for his arrest for aggravated homicide in March 2015. According to the arrest warrant, on March 29, 2015, Lucio-Gonzales used a rifle to shoot and kill a man because he claims the victim provoked him.
“This removal of Lucio-Gonzales reflects ERO’s commitment to public safety in the United States and abroad,” said Daniel Bible, field office director of ERO San Antonio. “His case should send a message to others like him that the United States will not be used as a safe haven for those fleeing justice.”
Lucio-Gonzales had been deported twice, in 2012 and again in 2015. On April 10, he was arrested by US Customs and Border Protection’s (CBP) Border Patrol near Eagle Pass. He was transferred to ICE custody and detained at the South Texas Detention Complex in Pearsall until his removal.
Since Oct. 1, 2009, ERO has removed more than 1,789 foreign fugitives from the United States who were sought in their native countries for serious crimes, including kidnapping, rape and murder. 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.
ERO coordinates the removal of criminals, foreign fugitives and others ordered deported. Last year alone, ERO removed 235,413 individuals from the United States. ICE is focused on smart and effective immigration enforcement that prioritizes its resources based on those who pose the biggest threat to national security, border security and public safety. ICE’s civil enforcement efforts are based on priorities set by the Secretary of Homeland Security in November 2014.
Members of the public who have information about foreign fugitives are urged to contact ICE by calling the ICE tip line at 1-866-347-2423 or internationally at 001-1802-872-6199. They can also file a tip online by completing ICE’s online tip form, available at https://www.ice.gov/webform/hsi-tip-form.