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02/08/2019

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Phoenix ERO repatriates Guatemalan national wanted for homicide

Phoenix ERO repatriates Guatemalan national wanted for homicide

PHOENIX – A Guatemalan national, wanted in his native country for attempted homicide and illegal possession of a firearm, was removed Friday by officers with  U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) and transferred to the custody of the Guatemalan National Civil Police.

On Sept. 30, 2009, the Judicial Organization in Playa Grande, Ixcan, Quiche, Guatemala, issued a warrant against Enrique Funes-Herrera for the offenses of attempted homicide and illegal possession of a firearm. 

Funes-Herrera, 52, came into ICE custody Sept. 5, 2018, after apprehension by the U.S. Border Patrol.  At that time, he was detained, and placed into removal proceedings.

On Sept. 7, 2018, Guatemalan authorities notified ERO that Funes-Herrera was subject to an outstanding arrest warrant for attempted homicide and illegal possession of a firearm, in connection with an attempted kidnapping.   

“Foreign fugitives attempting to avoid prosecution of violent crimes committed in their home country will not find sanctuary in the United States,” said Henry Lucero, field office director for ERO Phoenix. “ICE will continue to work with our international counterparts to aggressively pursue criminals who threaten the public safety of our local-area communities.”

ICE is focused on removing public safety threats, such as convicted criminal aliens and gang members, as well as individuals who have violated our nation’s immigration laws, including those who illegally re-enter the country after a prior removal, and immigration fugitives ordered removed by federal immigration judges.

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Last Reviewed/Updated: 02/11/2019