News From the Border

Providing the news from a different front but from a war that we must win as well! I recognize the poverty and desperate conditions that many Latinos live in. We, as the USA, have a responsibility to do as much as we can to reach out to aid and assist spiritually with the Gospel and naturally with training, technology and resources. But poverty gives no one the right to break the laws of another sovereign nation.

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Ex-drug cartel leader deported

By Daniel Borunda / for the Sun-News
Article Launched: 03/07/2008 06:12:00 AM MST

EL PASO — A former boss of the Tijuana drug cartel was deported to Mexico through El Paso earlier this week, a spokeswoman for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement confirmed.

Francisco Rafael Arellano Felix, who along with his brothers ran the cartel, had finished serving a sentence on drug charges in U.S. federal prison.

ICE spokeswoman Leticia Zamarripa said that Arellano Felix, 58, had been at an El Paso immigration detention center since Feb. 2 awaiting a hearing before an immigration judge.

On Monday, an immigration judge ordered the former cartel boss deported to his native Mexico, Zamarripa said.

On Tuesday, ICE officers escorted Arrellano Felix to the top of the Stanton Street Bridge, where he was handed over to Mexican immigration officers and agents of the Mexican federal attorney general's office, known as the PGR.

The San Diego Union-Tribune, citing anonymous sources in the PGR, reported that Arrellano Felix was freed because he did not have any pending charges in Mexico. The Arrellano-Felix cartel in Tijuana has been one of the top three drug-trafficking organizations in Mexico.

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