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May 22, 2015Chicago, IL, United StatesEnforcement and Removal

ICE Chicago office deports Mexican man wanted for revenge murder in Mexico

CHICAGO — A Mexican national wanted for murder in Mexico was deported Thursday and turned over to Mexican law enforcement authorities to face criminal charges.

This deportation was conducted by officers with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) in Chicago.

Carlos Cortez-Hernandez, aka Jesus Agaton-Martinez, 34, was removed to Mexico May 21 and turned over to the custody of the Mexican Attorney General’s Office. Cortez-Hernandez is the subject of an Interpol Red Notice and is wanted on a criminal arrest warrant issued by the Mexican state of Veracruz in 2013 for aggravated murder.

The warrant alleges that on May 8, 2006, in the municipality of Juchique de Ferrer in the State of Veracruz, Cortez-Hernandez shot to death Ventura Ferral-Contreras. The warrant alleges that the killing was premeditated and that Cortez-Hernandez shot and killed the victim to avenge his father’s death. The warrant further states that Mexican authorities were unable to locate Cortez-Hernandez after the murder because he had allegedly fled to the United States to evade justice.

After receiving information that Cortez-Hernandez might be living in the Chicago area and was wanted for murder, special agents with ICE’s Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) and ERO officers arrested him Jan. 28 at his residence in McHenry, Illinois. On March 9, an immigration judge ordered Cortez-Hernandez removed from the United States. Cortez- Hernandez was also ordered deported in absentia by a federal immigration judge in 2001.

Cortez- Hernandez remained in ICE custody from his Jan. 28 arrest until his removal May 21.

“This fugitive’s arrest and repatriation are the direct result of the ongoing cooperation between U.S. law enforcement and our Mexican counterparts,” said Ricardo Wong, field office director for ERO Chicago. "International fugitives who think they can evade justice by fleeing to the United States should take notice — they will find no refuge here.”

Since October 2009, ERO has removed more than 900 foreign fugitives from the United States who were being sought in their native countries for serious crimes, including kidnapping, rape and murder. ERO works with 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 U.S.