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07/17/2017

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South Texas ICE officers remove Mexican man wanted for homicide

SAN ANTONIO — A Mexican man, wanted in his home country for homicide, was deported to Mexico Monday by officers with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) in Laredo, Texas.  

Eduardo Cervantes-Ruiz, 35, is accused of a 2008 homicide that occurred in State of Queretaro, Mexico. Cervantes-Ruiz was escorted by ICE officers to the U.S.-Mexico border at Laredo, Texas, and transferred to Mexican authorities July 17.

On June 1, Mexico’s Procuraduria General de la Republica notified ERO San Antonio that Cervantes-Ruiz is the subject of an active arrest warrant for homicide issued by the government of Mexico.

According to the Attorney General of the State of Querétaro, Mexico, on May 17, 2008, Cervantes-Ruiz shot a man twice in the leg causing the victim to bleed to death. The prosecutor concluded that the victim died from injuries he sustained from the shooting. 

“Our ICE officers help improve overall public safety by removing criminal aliens to their countries of origin,” said Daniel Bible, field office director of ERO San Antonio. “Due to the continued cooperation between the United States and the Mexican governments, this criminal alien was safely returned to his home country where he will face justice.”

On June 8, Cervantes-Ruiz was arrested at his residence in Waco, Texas, by ICE’s Waco Fugitive Operations Team. He was transferred to the South Texas Detention Complex in Pearsall, Texas. On July 11, a federal immigration judge ordered him removed.  ICE officers carried out the judge’s order July 17.

Since Oct. 1, 2009, ERO has removed more than 1,700 foreign fugitives from the United States who were sought in their native countries for serious crimes, including kidnapping, rape and murder. In fiscal year 2016, ICE conducted 240,255 removals nationwide. Ninety-two percent of individuals removed from the interior of the United States had previously been convicted of a criminal offense.

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Last Reviewed/Updated: 07/18/2017