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For Immediate Release

March 07, 2014 Brent Sheets, Deputy U.S. Marshal
Western District of Texas - Midland (432) 686-4100
North Carolina Fugitive Arrested by the Lone Star Fugitive Task Force

LSFTF LogoMidland, TX – This morning, Raul A. Cortez-Cantarero (46), of Midland, was arrested by the Lone Star Fugitive Task Force, in the 7700 block West County Road 116. Cortez-Cantarero was wanted by the Leland Police Department in North Carolina for Strong Arm Sodomy, Sexual Assault, Assault by Strangulation and Extortion.

The Lone Star Fugitive Task Force was notified by the USMS Wilmington, NC that Cortez-Cantarero was residing at a trailer in Western Midland County. The Lone Star Fugitive Task Force entered the residence and apprehended Cortez-Cantarero without incident. Details of the alleged criminal conduct in North Carolina were not disclosed to the Lone Star Fugitive Task Force.

Cortez-Cantarero was transported to the Midland County Detention. Bond has not been set for Cortez-Cantarero. Robert R. Almonte, United States Marshal for the Western District of Texas states, “The Lone Star Fugitive Task Force is committed to finding and arresting those sexual predators that think they can flee other states and hide in Texas.”

Members of the Lone Star Fugitive Task Force Midland/Odessa Area:

  • Odessa Police Department Ector County Sheriff’s Office
  • Ector County District Attorney’s Office
  • Midland Police Department
  • Midland County Sheriff’s Office
  • Crane County Sheriff’s Office
  • Crane Police Department
  • Martin County Sheriff’s Office
  • Andrews County Sheriff’s Office
  • Upton County Sheriff’s Office
  • Texas Department of Public Safety Midland College Police Department
  • UTPB Police Department
  • U.S. Marshals Service

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