EL PASO, Texas - U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officers deported an illegal alien Wednesday who is wanted in Mexico for a 1999 murder.
Hugo Gonzalez-Gonzalez, 36, aka Alvaro Gonzalez Andrade, was turned over to Mexican authorities at 10 a.m. at the Port of El Paso's Stanton Street Bridge. ICE Denver Fugitive Operations officers arrested him June 3 at a mattress factory where he was working under an assumed identity. A federal immigration judge in Colorado signed Gonzalez-Gonzalez' removal order June 15; he was transferred to El Paso June 19.
According to Mexican authorities, Gonzalez-Gonzalez arrived at a neighborhood grocery store Jan. 10, 1999, in Rancho de San Cristobal, Guanajuato, Mexico, and fired a gun into the air. He later fired at a group of people gathered outside the store, though no one was injured. The shooting triggered a heated discussion between Gonzalez-Gonzalez and Soledad Robles Mendez, who was in the group. The argument ended when Gonzalez-Gonzalez allegedly shot and killed Robles Mendez.
"The return of this man demonstrates once again how ICE is working to keep our communities and the homeland safe," said Robert Jolicoeur, field office director for the ICE Office of Detention and Removal Operations in El Paso.
The Office of the Attorney General of Mexico in El Paso contacted the local ICE office last week and asked for assistance in returning Gonzalez-Gonzalez to Mexico. Gonzalez-Gonzalez, who remained at large for more than 10 years, is the 11th fugitive wanted for serious crimes in Mexico that ICE has deported this year as part of a bi-national agreement between ICE and the Office of the Attorney General of Mexico.