EL PASO, Texas - U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) on Tuesday deported a man to Mexico who had been a fugitive for seven years for possessing military-type weapons.
ICE officers escorted Miguel Angel Camacho-Aguilar, 25, to the middle of El Paso's Stanton Street Bridge Feb. 3 and turned him over to Mexican authorities. He was wanted by the 6th District Judge of Sonora, Mexico, for possessing firearms which are authorized for the exclusive use of the Mexican army. Mexican authorities have sought Camacho-Aguilar since 2002.
ICE previously deported Camacho-Aguilar in March 2005 after he was convicted in 2004 of conspiracy with intent to distribute marijuana; he was sentenced to 60 months in prison. He was also convicted in 2002 for possession with intent to distribute marijuana, and received a 10-month sentence. It is a felony to re-enter the United States after having been officially deported, and is punishable by up to 20 years in prison.
ICE agents located Camacho-Aguilar at the Cibola County Correctional Institution in Milan, N.M., through its Criminal Alien Program (CAP). Through close cooperation with local law enforcement, the CAP program identifies aliens who are in detention facilities on criminal charges and ensures that they are released to ICE after their criminal proceedings are completed. Ultimately, ICE deports these aliens to the country of origin.
During fiscal year 2008, ICE's CAP program identified 6,800 aliens in the El Paso area, which includes the 16 westernmost counties of Texas and the State of New Mexico. This is a 266 percent increase over the 2,550 aliens identified the previous year.
"Our success with the Criminal Alien Program is largely due to the cooperative spirit between ICE and local law enforcement agencies that results in removing thousands of criminal aliens from our communities every year," said Robert. Jolicoeur, field office director for the ICE Office of Detention and Removal Operations in El Paso.