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10/02/2014

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ICE Houston deports Mexican man wanted for murder and attempted murder

HOUSTON — A Mexican man wanted in his native country for murder and attempted murder was deported Friday by officers with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO).

Juan Morales-Boyzo, 40, was escorted to the Juarez Lincoln Port in Laredo, Texas, and turned over to Mexican law enforcement authorities (Procuraduría General de la República) Oct. 3.

"Identifying and removing foreign fugitives from the United States is an ICE priority," said Steven P. Boll, field office director of ERO Houston. "The cooperation between the United States and Mexican governments resulted in this foreign fugitive being safely returned to his home country where he can stand trial for his alleged crimes."

Morales-Boyzo was arrested by U.S. Border Patrol agents near San Manuel, Texas, July 1. Record checks showed that had been previously deported in May 2013. He was subsequently convicted July 3 by the U.S. District Court, Southern District of Texas, of illegally re-entering the United States after being deported, which is a felony.

Morales-Boyzo was released into ICE custody Aug. 29. On Sept. 17, ERO Houston was notified that Morales-Boyzo had an arrest warrant issued by Mexican authorities for homicide and attempted homicide.

Since Oct. 1, 2009, ERO has removed more than 720 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's Office of International Operations, foreign consular offices in the United States and Interpol to identify foreign fugitives illegally present in the country.

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Last Reviewed/Updated: 10/06/2014