A man charged with murder in Canada has been extradited from Las Cruces, the U.S. Marshals Service announced Thursday.
Luis Alfonso Ochoa-Gamez allegedly shot 24-year-old Mauro Hernandez-Renteria in Alberta, Canada, after a failed drug deal on Oct. 3, 2010.
Ochoa-Gamez, 30, a native of Cuauhtemoc, Mexico, was arrested in New Mexico by immigration officials three days later when he tried to cross into Mexico.
After spending 10 months in the Do-a Ana County Detention Center, he was turned over to the Canadian Royal Mounted Police on Tuesday.
U.S. Marshal Conrad Candelaria said Ochoa-Gamez’s extradition represents a collective effort between the U.S. Customs and Border Protection Agency, U.S. Attorney General’s Office, U.S. Department of Justice, U.S. Marshals Service and the Canadian government.
“The Marshals Service continues to embrace the true meaning of partnership that can be defined as ‘mutual cooperation and collaboration with all law enforcement agencies,’ whether local, county, state, federal or tribal, the overarching goal that expands beyond the borders of the United States of America, which is the apprehension of those fugitives that have violently and criminally inflicted pain to innocent citizens,” Candelaria wrote in a prepared statement. “I am pleased that the Marshals Service for the District of New Mexico played a role in the bringing to justice the violent and criminal behavior of fugitive Ochoa-Gamez.”
This article was published by the Las Cruces Sun News on August 19, 2011.
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