|Juan Saul Mendoza Contreras/ICE|
Mar 4, 2016
ICE-El Paso returns fugitive to Mexico to face murder charge
(From ICE news release)
ICE removes fugitive wanted in Mexico for 2011 homicide
EL PASO, Texas — A Mexican citizen, wanted in connection with a homicide in Mexico, was deported last week by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO).
Juan Saul Mendoza Contreras, 29, alias “El Chacala,” was turned over to Mexican authorities at the Stanton (International) Bridge in El Paso.
According to Mexican court filings, on Aug. 20, 2011, Mendoza fatally shot Efren Arcega-Lopez at least four times in the back in Jalisco, Mexico. Arcega Lopez, 41, was shot as he attempted to walk away from a verbal argument.
On July 8, 2012, Mendoza-Contreras was arrested by police in San Bernardino, California, on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol. U.S. Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) officers in Los Angeles encountered Mendoza at the West Valley Detention Center in Rancho Cucamonga, California. Mendoza was processed and voluntarily returned to Mexico.
A month later, Mendoza illegally re-entered the U.S. near San Isidro, California. On Jan. 31, 2016, ERO Denver officers lodged an immigration detainer on him when he was at the Denver Justice Center in Denver, and served him with a notice to appear before a federal immigration judge.
On Feb. 8, the Mexican attorney general’s office in El Paso advised the local ICE office of the arrest warrant for homicide issued in Jalisco for Mendoza.
“ICE routinely works hand-in-hand with our international law enforcement partners to remove (undocumented immigrants) in the United States who are trying to evade justice in their home country,” Corey A. Price, field office director of ERO-El Paso, said in a statement March 3.
ERO works with the ICE Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) Office of International Affairs, foreign consular offices in the United States, and Interpol to identify foreign fugitives illegally present in the country.