Mexican Fugitive Wanted for Murder Extradited From US

Carlos Arguelles Valencia, 48, of Navojoa, Sonora, Mexico was ordered extradited to Mexico by U.S. Magistrate Judge Edward C. Voss on August 10, 2011, to face charges of intentional homicide and felony assault. He was held in federal custody without bond following his arrest by Deputy U.S. Marshals in Coolidge, Ariz., on June 9, 2011, prior to his extradition to Mexico.

“This successful extradition is another example of the collaborative efforts between Mexico and the United States to ensure that a violent criminal is brought to justice,” stated U.S. Attorney Dennis K. Burke. “The District of Arizona will not be a safe haven for fugitives who think they can hide to avoid prosecution.”

Based on official extradition documents provided to the United States government by Mexico through diplomatic channels, the extradition request noted that on July 1, 2006, in the town of Bacame Nuevo, Sonora, Mexico, Arguelles allegedly used a gun to shoot two brothers following a fight between the brothers and members of Arguelles’ family. One victim survived his gunshot wounds. The second victim died as a result of multiple gunshot wounds. Eyewitnesses described seeing Arguelles shoot both victims from his truck following a graduation dance held in the town of Bacame Nuevo. Arguelles fled the scene, and lived in Coolidge, Ariz., until his arrest by the U.S. Marshals Service.

The extradition was handled by Assistant U.S. Attorney Jonell L. Lucca, District of Arizona, Phoenix, on behalf of the Mexican government, with the assistance of the U.S. Marshals Service, the Department of Justice’s Office of International Affairs and the U.S. Department of State. The Coolidge Police Department provided assistance to the U.S Marshals Service in Arizona.

This article was published by the Tucson Citizen on August 17, 2011.

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