Fugitive wanted for murder extradited to Mexicoby Hugh Holub on Aug. 17, 2011, under crime, politics
Press Release from US Attorney’s Office – Arizona August 16, 2011:
FUGITIVE WANTED FOR MURDER EXTRADITED TO MEXICO
PHOENIX – Carlos Arguelles Valencia, 48, of Navojoa, Sonora, Mexico was ordered extradited to Mexico by U.S. Magistrate Judge Edward C. Voss on August 10, 2011, to face charges of intentional homicide and felony assault. He was held in federal custody without bond following his arrest by Deputy U.S. Marshals in Coolidge, Ariz., on June 9, 2011, prior to his extradition to Mexico.
“This successful extradition is another example of the collaborative efforts between Mexico and the United States to ensure that a violent criminal is brought to justice,” stated U.S. Attorney Dennis K. Burke. “The District of Arizona will not be a safe haven for fugitives who think they can hide to avoid prosecution.”
Based on official extradition documents provided to the United States government by Mexico through diplomatic channels, the extradition request noted that on July 1, 2006, in the town of Bacame Nuevo, Sonora, Mexico, Arguelles used a gun to shoot two brothers following a fight between the brothers and members of Arguelles’ family. One victim survived his gunshot wounds. The second victim died as a result of multiple gunshot wounds. Eyewitnesses described seeing Arguelles shoot both victims from his truck following a graduation dance held in the town of Bacame Nuevo. Arguelles fled the scene, and lived in Coolidge, Ariz., until his arrest by the U.S. Marshals Service.
The extradition was handled by Assistant U.S. Attorney Jonell L. Lucca, District of Arizona, Phoenix, on behalf of the Mexican government, with the assistance of the U.S. Marshals Service, the Department of Justice’s Office of International Affairs and the U.S. Department of State. The Coolidge Police Department provided assistance to the U.S Marshals Service in Arizona.
CASE NUMBER: CR-11-07315M-ECV
COMMMENT: This is one of those stories where there is probably a lot more to it…but the public will never know the whole story.
First, Mexico refuses to extradite people from their country to the US when the criminal being sought may face the death penalty here.
Mexico doesn’t like the death penalty which is maybe why they have such a high murder rate in Juarez.
Anyway, it is a good deal for a Mexican who kills someone in the US to flee to Mexico…and if he is caught in Mexico…he can only be extradited if the US agrees to waive the death penalty.
From my personal experience on the border, an extradition like this is not a unilateral event. Very likely a deal got cut whereby Mexico agreed to toss a criminal the US wanted back our way in exchange for Mr. Arguelles Valencia.
For a long time Mexico frustrated US law enforcement refusing to extradite anyone sought for a crime in the US that had fled to Mexico.
Things have obviously improved whereby Mexico is booting out criminals we want….but they escape the death penalty as a result of being sent back here to face as much justice as Mexico will allow us to have.
The missing bandits who murdered Border Patrol agent Brian Terry apparently fled to Mexico through some of that unsecured border where protecting lzards is more important that publkic safety.
The US probably knows who Terry’s murderers are.
One of these days maybe the Mexican authorities will catch them and offer them back to the US…minus the death penalty risk.