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Friday, February 13, 2009

Suspect is rearrested in border agent's death

Suspect is rearrested in border agent's death
8:54 PM, February 11, 2009
A Mexican man wanted in connection with the death of a U.S. Border Patrol agent last year has been arrested in Mexico and is being held there pending extradition, according to U.S. authorities in San Diego.
This is the second time that Mexican authorities have arrested Jesus Navarro Montes, a 23-year-old alleged drug smuggler, who U.S. officials suspect drove a car that ran over Agent Luis Aguilar at the Imperial Sand Dunes in Imperial County on Jan. 19, 2008.
After an intense, three-day manhunt, Navarro was captured in Mexicali, but Mexican authorities released him last June, drawing criticism from U.S. officials.
The Mexican government said U.S. officials had not submitted a formal extradition request.
Navarro was rearrested this morning by Mexican federal agents at the resort town of Zihuatanejo in coordination with the FBI and U.S. Marshal’s Service, according to an FBI news release.
Navarro faces unspecified drug charges and is wanted for questioning about the agent’s death, according to the news release.
Aguilar, a six-year veteran, was killed while trying to stop two vehicles that had entered illegally from Mexico and were believed to be carrying drugs.
After Aguilar threw a spike strip in front of the vehicles, one of them, a Hummer, struck him and escaped over the dunes back to Mexico.
The Mexican federal attorney general’s office has identified Navarro as the driver of the Hummer that ran over Aguilar.
-- Richard Marosi

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