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Maine Murder Suspect Arrested in Mexico, Returned to U.S.

For immediate release

Ryan Guay, Senior Inspector

District of Maine
(207) 780-3355

Portland, ME – The U.S. Marshals Service (USMS) Violent Offender Task Force announces the arrest of a Portland, Maine man.

Raymond Lester, 35, of Portland, Maine was arrested late Monday evening in Cancun, Mexico. Lester was wanted by Maine State Police on a warrant issued on June 21st 2022 for one count of murder. Lester was also being sought on a federal warrant issued on June 29th 2022 for Unlawful Flight to Avoid Prosecution.

Through a collective effort, investigators in Maine learned Lester had fled the U.S. and was in Cancun, Mexico. Mexican authorities in collaboration with the USMS Mexico Foreign Field took Lester into custody Monday evening without incident. Lester arrived in Chicago, IL today and will be transferred to Maine at a later date.

The USMS Maine Violent Offender Task Force was assisted by the Maine State Police, USMS Foreign Field Office – Mexico City, United States Attorney’s Office – District of Maine, USMS – Northern District of Illinois, U.S. Park Service and Mexican authorities.

The U.S. Marshals Service Maine Violent Offender Task Force is comprised of members of the U.S. Marshals Service, Maine State Police, Maine Department of Corrections, Biddeford Police Department and U.S. Customs and Border Patrol.

If you have any information regarding the whereabouts of any State or Federal Fugitive please contact the United States Marshals Service, District of Maine at

Additional information about the U.S. Marshals Service can be found at


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