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For Immediate Release

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June 14, 2013 DUSM Juan F. Lara, Southern District of Texas (956) 683-2400
Fugitive Task Force Arrest Murder Suspect in McAllen, TX

McAllen, TX – The United States Marshals Service-multi agency led Gulf Coast Violent Offenders Fugitive Task Force (GCVOFTF) announce the arrest of fugitive Benicio Lopez.

Benicio Lopez, 27, was wanted by the San Juan Police Department in connection with a homicide that took place on May 26, 2010. It is alleged that Lopez, a commander for the Gulf Cartel, murdered a male victim during a deadly home invasion. Lopez and several men stormed into a home on the 2000 Block of Sunset Street. During the home invasion, the homeowner was shot to death. Several suspects were arrested, but Lopez managed to escape and fled to Mexico where he went into hiding.

On June 13, 2013, Investigators from the San Juan Police Department and members of the GCVOFTF learned that Lopez had returned to the Rio Grande Valley. Members of the GCVOFTF developed information that Lopez was renting a house at the Cimarron Country Club in Mission, Texas. As members of the GCVOFTF conducted surveillance of the house, Lopez was observed driving away from the location. Members of the GCVOFTF followed Lopez to an apartment complex located at the 1900 Block of S. 38th Street in McAllen, Texas. Members from the San Juan Police Department, Mission Police Department and GCVOFTF arrived at the apartment complex, and apprehended Lopez along with two other male individuals. Two hand guns, one semi-automatic assault rifle, one shot gun and 26.8 pounds of marijuana were seized from the apartment. Lopez is currently being held at the San Juan Police Department pending the outcome of his case.

The GCVOFTF is a team comprised of law enforcement officers from the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco & Firearms, Hidalgo County Sheriff’s Department, Homeland Security Investigations, McAllen P.D., Mission P.D., San Juan P.D., Starr County Sheriff’s Department, TDCJ Office of Inspector General, Texas Department of Public Safety, U.S. Marshals Service and Weslaco P.D.

Anonymous tips can be made by texting 411TIPS (847411) keyword GULFCOAST or by going to www.usmarshals.gov/district/tx-s/index.html

Additional information about the U.S. Marshals Service can be found at http://www.usmarshals.gov.

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