ICE removes twice deported convicted felon wanted for murder in Mexico

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BROWNSVILLE, Texas — A Mexican man wanted in his native country for murder was deported Tuesday by officers with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO).

Osbaldo Carrillo-Peralta, 39, was escorted to the Brownsville Port of Entry and turned over to Mexico's Procuraduría General de la República (PGR) June 24. On April 13, 2011, the 8th Judicial Court of the State of Durango, Mexico issued an arrest warrant for Carrillo-Peralta for homicide.

"The arrest and removal of criminal aliens is at the absolute core of what we do," said Enrique M. Lucero, field office director for ERO San Antonio. "ICE uses its unique immigration enforcement authorities to safeguard our communities from criminal aliens and others who pose a public safety threat."

Carrillo-Peralta, was first arrested in August 1998 by the Dallas Police Department. He was convicted for discharging a deadly weapon at individuals and sentenced to 10 years. On May 14, 2002, he was deported to Mexico. He illegally re-entered the United States and was arrested in November 2009 for possessing a controlled substance. He was convicted and deported a second time to Mexico in May 2010 after serving his prison sentence. Two years later Carrillo-Peralta illegally re-entered the United States and was encountered by the Mercer County Sheriff's Department. He was turned over to the ICE Houston Office and convicted in federal court for re-entry after deportation. Anyone who re-enters the United States after having been deported commits a felony punishable by up to 20 years in prison, if convicted.

Tuesday's removal demonstrates the expanded bilateral cooperation to identify, arrest and repatriate Mexican fugitives who have fled to the United States to avoid prosecution. ICE is working closely with the Mexican government as part of this effort; many of the arrests involve violent crimes.

Since Oct. 1, 2009, ERO has removed more than 721 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.

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