Fugitive Jesus Ortiz-Tun returned to Mexico by US authorities

NOGALES, AZ - Authorities say a Mexican man wanted in that country on murder and torture charges was turned over to Mexican law enforcement by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers last Friday.

Jesus Ortiz-Tun, 38, was turned over to Mexican federal police by ICE's Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) officers at the Dennis DeConcini port of entry in Nogales, according to an ICE press release.

A warrant was issued in Mexico in February 2010 for the arrest of Ortiz-Tun on charges of torture, barbarous act and injury causing death, manslaughter and murder.

According to ICE, Ortiz-Tun illegally entered the U.S. in 2010 and was taken into ERO custody after he was picked up by Phoenix police on May 22, 2013.

While Ortiz-Tun was in a Florence prison with his immigration case pending, ERO discovered he was wanted on an outstanding Mexican arrest warrant and alerted Mexican authorities that Ortiz-Tun was in U.S. custody.

On June 17, Ortiz-Tun was granted voluntary departure under safeguards and ERO coordinated his removal with Mexican authorities to allow them to take custody of him in Nogales on Friday, according to the press release.

According to the press release, since October 1, 2009, 566 foreign fugitives have been removed from the U.S. and returned to their native countries to face charges for serious crimes.

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