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For Immediate Release

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December 05, 2013 Evan Salinas, Deputy U.S. Marshal
Southern District of Texas, Laredo Division (956) 794-1200
U.S. Marshals Extradite Fugitive Wanted in Mexico for 10 Years

Laredo, TX – Today, the U.S. Marshals Gulf Coast Violent Offenders and Fugitive Task Force coordinated the removal of a local man wanted for homicide in Nuevo Laredo, Mexico.

Luis Castaneda-Vargas, aka La Chiquilla, was handed over to the Mexican Procaduria General de la Republica today at the Laredo-International Bridge.

According to Mexican authorities, Castaneda-Vargas allegedly shot and killed a Nuevo Laredo man at the corner of Calle Pino Suarez and Calle Reynaldo Garza. As a result, the Third Judicial District of Nuevo Laredo issued an arrest warrant for Castaneda-Vargas in 2003. Castaneda-Vargas fled to the United States to avoid apprehension and was suspected of hiding in Laredo.

Upon receiving a request for assistance from the PGR in April 2013, the U.S. Marshals began working the case. On May 7, U.S. Marshals task force members arrested Castaneda-Vargas in Laredo on an outstanding Provisional Arrest Warrant from Mexico, which sought his extradition to Mexico.

The Gulf Coast Violent Offenders and Fugitive Task Force is comprised of members from the Laredo Police Department, Webb County Sheriff’s Office, Texas Department of Public Safety, Webb County District Attorney’s Office, U.S. Border Patrol, Webb County State Probation and Department of Homeland Security.

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

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