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03/10/2009

Fugitive wanted for murder, robbery, kidnapping and organized crime ties returned to Mexico

NEW YORK - A man wanted by the Mexican government for his involvement in several murders, robbery, kidnapping and ties to organized crime was escorted back to Mexico by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officers and turned over to authorities there.

Liberio Andrew Gonzalez, a Mexican national, departed the United States without incident on Saturday, March 7 and was turned over to Mexican Federal Police officials at Mexico City International Airport.

"This arrest serves as an example for foreign criminals to think twice before fleeing to the United States to avoid prosecution," said Christopher Shanahan, field office director for the ICE Office of Detention and Removal Operations in New York. "ICE is committed to working with its local, federal and international law enforcement partners to arrest and return wanted fugitives to their native countries to face justice."

Gonzalez, who has no known criminal history in the United States, was the subject of a criminal investigation in Mexico but fled before police could arrest him. ICE's Fugitive Operations Team arrested Gonzalez without incident in Staten Island, New York for being in the United States illegally.

Gonzalez's arrest was a result of close cooperation between ICE, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and Mexican Federal Police.