Sometimes the best hiding place of all is the one in plain sight. People tend not to see what is right in front of their faces.
At other times, unless you are carefully concealed from inquiring eyes, you are a sitting duck. Let’s see how it all worked out for a young man from Mexico.
The fellow was wanted in Mexico City for aggravated homicide. Naturally, under current conditions, a wanted man in Mexico is likely to head straight for the U.S. border.
That’s what happened here. The man did not make it into the United States unnoticed, however. He was arrested by immigration authorities for illegally reentering the United States and tossed in a New Mexico prison.
The law enforcement officials pursuing him for the homicide charge in Mexico did not know about the immigration bust at first. That changed when an investigator in El Paso, Texas, called the U.S. Marshals in Las Cruces, New Mexico, believing the fugitive had a connection to that area.
The caller was informed by the marshals that the fugitive was not known to be in Las Cruces. The marshals’ curiosity was piqued, though, and a little checking around revealed that he was behind bars in the New Mexico lockup.
Things went fairly easy from there. Prison officials were told to put a hold on the man so he would not be released upon completion of his sentence for the immigration rap.
Deported to Mexico
In short order he was deported back to Mexico to faces the charges against him there.
This case is a good example of the results that can be produced when international law enforcement agencies cooperate and work together.
A joint effort can be an effective tool in the fight against international crime and help in the capture of fugitives in the United States and abroad.
It can also serve as a reminder to criminals that jail is not a good hiding place. Law enforcement personnel are wise to that trick and know how to find people on the lam.
A final bit of advice to lawbreakers: Your best bet is to go straight and obey the laws of whatever country you live in. If you do take a misstep and commit a crime, crossing an international border and getting arrested in another jurisdiction is a bad play.