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For Immediate Release

Contact:
June 16, 2018 Colleen Grayman, Deputy U.S. Marshal
District of Arizona – Phoenix (602) 316-4403;
U.S. Marshals Office of Public Affairs (703) 740-1699
U.S. Citizen Extradited to Mexico After 11 Years on the Run
Phoenix, AZ - On Thursday, June 14, Erick Salvador Enriquez-Aranda, 43, also known as El Ericko, was extradited to the Republic of Mexico after his arrest in Phoenix, AZ. Enriquez-Aranda was wanted by the Mexican State of Sonora on homicide charges.

“Every year the U.S. Marshals Service arrests and coordinates the return of hundreds of dangerous fugitives from Mexico to the United States,” said David P. Gonzales, U.S. Marshal for the District of Arizona. “The arrest of Enriquez-Aranda is a rare situation where a U.S. citizen is extradited to Mexico from the U.S. The extradition process is challenging and requires a delicate balance of the laws and politics between our countries. Although it has been 11 years since Enriquez-Aranda allegedly brutally murdered 2 people, law enforcement in both the U.S. and Mexico are committed to never forgetting the victims and their families.”

It is alleged that in 2007, Enriquez-Aranda, a United States citizen, either committed premediated murder, or was a part of the murder of two Mexican nationals in Agua Prieta, Sonora, Mexico. Following this incident, Enriquez-Aranda fled Mexico to evade arrest and prosecution for the crimes. In 2009, Mexican law enforcement authorities developed information that Enriquez-Aranda might be residing in the Phoenix area and requested the assistance of the U.S. Marshals Service in locating Enriquez-Aranda.

While in the United States, Enriquez-Aranda continued to engage in behavior that showed blatant disregard for the law and consequently resulted in his arrest in Maricopa County for Aggravated Assault. Enriquez-Aranda was sentenced to serve two years in the Arizona Department of Corrections as a result of being found guilty for this charge. It was confirmed that Enriquez-Aranda was born in the United States and therefore would need to be extradited back to the Republic of Mexico. Mexican law enforcement authorities were notified and the complex extradition process was initiated.

Enriquez-Aranda was transferred to the custody of the United States Marshals Service in October 2017 while he awaited the outcome of the extradition process. On June 14, 2018, the United States Marshals Service, in coordination with Mexican authorities, escorted Enriquez-Aranda from the United States through the DeConcini Point of Entry in Nogales, AZ where he was taken into custody by Mexican law enforcement.

The United States Marshals Service is the nation’s oldest federal law enforcement agency. Annually, U.S. Marshals arrest more than 50 percent of all federal fugitives and serve more federal warrants than all other federal agencies combined. For more information on USMS Fifteen Most Wanted fugitives and USMS Major Cases, go to www.usmarshals.gov.

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

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