Cross-border partnerships: Fugitives run, but they can't hide

(Photo: SBG San Antonio)

The border is nothing but a geographical landmark when it comes to tracking down fugitives. It poses no threat or limitation to the work federal officials on either side do to catch those on the run. The partnership between authorities in Mexico and the United States is vital as many on the U.S. Marshals Most Wanted list flee to south of the border.

It has been six years since we aired our first Marshals Most Wanted episode. We were the first news organization in the city to make the weekly commitment to help authorities get the word out about fugitives, including those who run into Commander Erick Ramirez Manzur's jurisdiction in Mexico.

"We are very appreciative of the tips that come in but we have to vet them so we have to do my homework on our end to make sure that we are talking about the same person," said U.S. Marshals Chief Melesio Hernandez.

He said his deputies depend on your tips to catch these fugitives.

"The other thing people don't really understand that Mexico has some pretty tough immigration laws. You would never think that but they do and they actually are just as tough, tougher than ours," Hernandez said. "Once we have all the documentation and all the proof we can actually then go to a Mexican immigration judge in Mexico and say 'hey this person is in your country illegally.'"

After an immigration case is opened, Marshals in the U.S. turn what they know over to their counterparts in Mexico City who then partner with other Mexican authorities track down the fugitive.

Fleeing in general is not recommended, but Manzur strongly advises fugitives to not flee to Mexico because you will be found. So, what is it like when Mexican Marshals knock on your door?

"They don't imagine that we have the relationship we have with other agencies," Mansur said. "Some cry, some question, because they can't imagine that in Mexico we have police that can arrest them."

So far this year, Manzur and his team have picked up 50 fugitives from the U.S.

"We are all cops," Manzur said. "It doesn't matter what jurisdiction or what country we work for we all think the same pretty much and the last thing that you want in your community is a foreign fugitive coming from somewhere else and damaging and causing problems and creating crimes and molesting children in your jurisdiction in your community."

Here's a list of fugitives believed to have fled to Mexico.:

• Francisco Raul Alanis - Wanted for possession with intent to distribute cocaine.

• Jose Dario Jaime Aguayo - Wanted for allegedly disappearing while under supervised release after violating the conditions of that release. Arrested with more than 200 pounds of marijuana.

• Jesse Mascorro - Arrested on charges involving sexual assault of a child.

• Albert Jesus Pimenta l- Convicted on the charge of conspiracy and possession with the intent to distribute cocaine.

• Roberto Garcia - Arrested on the charge of conspiracy and possession with the intent to distribute more than 50 kilograms of cocaine.

Pablo Torrescano - Wanted for two counts of aggravated sexual assault of a child, possession of child pornography and promotion of child pornography.

• Jorge Perez Delgado - Perez-Delgado and another inmate escaped from a federal prison back in 2003. He is facing charges for conspiracy and possession with intent to distribute.

• Juan Rodriguez - Disappeared while on bond awaiting trial for conspiracy with intent to deliver cocaine charges.

• Cenaida Lopez - Charge with illegal transportation of undocumented immigrants for financial gain.

• Hector Turrubiate - Wanted for breaking the rules of his supervised release after a warrant was issued for his arrest as being the shooter in a murder.

• Jason Darrin Weaver - Wanted for violating the conditions of his supervise release, after being convicted on charges of possession with intent to distribute marijuana.

• Simon Gonzales - Wanted for allegedly violating the conditions of his pretrial release by being arrested with more drugs and a firearm.

Anthony Jo Paredes - Wanted for not self-surrendering to federal prison after being convicted for possession with intent to deliver cocaine.

• Rafael Vargas Martinez - Wanted for not showing up to court on charges of aggravated sexual assault of a child.

Jose Fernando Bustos-Diaz- Wanted for active arrest warrants involving escape from a prison facility in Frio County back in 2005. Convicted of murdering his boss, Deborah Gail Kay, at horses stable in Harris County.

• Juan Francisco Garza - Garza is wanted for smuggling goods from the United States.

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• Ignacio Ramirez - Wanted for disappearing while out on bond for charges stemming with the intent to sell drugs.

Sergio Elib Alfaro-Aguero - Charges involving possession of a counterfeit alien registration card.

Edgar Soberanis - Wanted for by the federal government for conspiracy as part of a major drug distribution ring to sell large quantities of cocaine.

• Luis Soberanis - Wanted for by the federal government for conspiracy as part of a major drug distribution ring to sell large quantities of cocaine.

Eduardo Cortes Coronado - Wanted for murder. The murder was caught on video in Guadalajara, Mexico.

Amanda Hastings-Casas - Wanted for allegedly transporting undocumented immigrants for money into the United States.

Enrique Solis - Convicted of possession with the intent to deliver.

• Francisco Leon Garcia - Wanted for failing to report to his probation officer after being convicted of selling meth.

Raul Monserrat Jaramillo Escobedo- Possession with the intent to deliver large quantities of cocaine, heroin, and meth.

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