Cooperation between Mexico and ICE

At times, being in the right place at the right time pays dividends. Such was the case this past Monday while waiting in line of Bridge #2 this past Monday.

For all the Mexiphobics who think there is no cooperation between Mexico and the United States, and that Mexico is a lawless frontier, think again.

As I was sitting there, there was a Chevrolet Suburban sitting on the bridge, right on the international line with it’s lights flashing, an unusual occurrance in itself. But to see agents of the Federal Investigative Service (AFI), was even more unusual.

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The event was the international extradition of an ex Reynosa Police officer, José Ángel Cruz Cervantes , a member of the cities Special Operations unit for Crimes under authority and murder.

CPD turns murder suspect over to Mexican authorities

CPD turns murder suspect over to Mexican authorities

A Cameron man was arrested over the weekend on homicide charges in Mexico.

Jose Angel Cruz-Cervantes, 36, was taken into custody on immigration related charges in the 1000 block of South Nolan in Cameron on Saturday afternoon by Milam County Deputy Greg Kouba and agents from the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) division of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

Cruz-Cervantes was also wanted on a warrant issued by the Mexican Federal Police for homicide by the Honorable 3rd Judge of the District of the State of Tamaulipas, Mexico.

The ICE agents were acting on an official request from the attorney general of the Mexican government to locate the suspect and apprehend him for deportation. That was so he could face the homicide charge.

According to a press release from the Milam County Sheriff’s Department Cruz-Cervantes was transported to Comal County late Saturday evening and was to be turned over to Mexican officials in Laredo Monday.

ICE turns murder suspect over to Mexican authorities

Cooperation between our countries works and is possible. And what did we get in return for this cooperation? Well, remember the kid who was kidnapped in Florida and left tied with duct tape on the side of the road? His abductor had fled to Mexico and was turned over to Texas authorities to be extradicted back to Florida. No long drawn out extradition fight.

Oh, and by the way! Jose Angel Cruz-Cervantes, was in the United States legally!