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04/15/2009

Fugitive Mexican police commander deported

Authorities believe he was the leader of a kidnapping extortion ring

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EL PASO, Texas - A former Mexican police commander wanted on multiple kidnapping charges was deported into the custody of Mexican authorities Wednesday by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents.

Jaime Serrano-Sixtos, 49, was removed to Mexico at 10 a.m. April 15 at the Stanton Street Bridge, which is part of the Port of El Paso. ICE agents arrested him April 7 in New Orleans.

Serrano-Sixtos is the alleged leader of a kidnapping extortion ring in Guanajuato, Mexico.

ICE agents received information anonymously that Serrano-Sixtos was in the New Orleans area. Last week they identified him from a Mexican "wanted" poster, and they arrested him as he left his apartment. Serrano-Sixtos insisted that the ICE agents were mistaken about his identity. However, Mexican authorities confirmed to ICE that he has been a fugitive since 2001.

Serrano-Sixtos, who entered the United States illegally, was charged administratively with U.S. immigration violations.

"ICE works cooperatively with our Mexican counterparts to identify and locate individuals who hope to avoid prosecution by fleeing to the United States," said Robert Jolicoeur, field office director for the ICE Office of Detention and Removal Operations in El Paso. "We won't allow criminal aliens to use the United States as a safe haven from justice in their home countries."