A man wanted in connection with the 2014 kidnapping of 43 college students in southern Mexico has been extradited to Mexico after being arrested in Santa Teresa, New Mexico.
Alejandro Tenescalco-Mejia, 41, was handed over to Mexican authorities on Wednesday at the international border at the Santa Teresa port of entry, US Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials said.
Tenescalco-Mejia, from Iguala, Guerrero, Mexico, allegedly entered the US illegally on Dec. 14, crossing the border wall near Santa Teresa. He was then arrested by immigration officers and handed over to US Immigration and Customs Enforcement and Removal Officers.
He remained in the El Paso detention center until his deportation on Wednesday, officials said.
Tenescalco-Mejia was wanted in connection with the September 26, 2014 kidnapping and disappearance of 43 college students in southern Mexico. The students – all men from a rural teacher training college in Ayotzinape, Guerrero, Mexico – went missing while riding a bus, officials said.
Tenescalco-Mejia is one of several suspects wanted in the case, according to Mexican court documents.
“ERO fulfilled its promise to protect the American people by returning a violent suspect back to his home country,” said Mary De Anda, director of the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement Field Office in El Paso. . “The ongoing cooperation between ICE and our Mexican counterparts has resulted in the prosecution of yet another fugitive for his actions, highlighting the critical role of the ERO in public safety in the community.”
In fiscal year 2022, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and Removal operations arrested 46,396 non-citizens with a criminal record. Those arrested had a total of 198,498 related charges and convictions, officials said. Charges and convictions included 21,531 assaults; 8,164 sexual crimes and crimes of a sexual nature; 5,554 gun crimes; 1,501 homicide-related crimes; and 1,114 kidnappings.
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