U.S. Marshals Service: Man who fled U.S. after arrest caught in Mexico

PHOENIX - A man who fled the U.S. after being indicted on drug charges in Maricopa County was arrested by authorities in Mexico on Friday night.

According to the U.S. Marshals Service, Wilfredo Martinez was sought on charges of failure to register as a sex offender and drug trafficking.

Martinez was arrested in Agua Prieta, Mexico.

Martinez was indicted by a grand jury in October 2012 for charges relating to the possession of marijuana for sale. Authorities say he had been caught with dozens of pounds of marijuana and other paraphernalia indicating drug trafficking.

Martinez was arrested and posted a large cash bond before fleeing the United States.

While searching for Martinez, authorities learned that he was a convicted child sex offender and required to register as such.

Recently, Deputy U.S. Marshals got information that Martinez was hiding out in Agua Prieta, Mexico with another fugitive who had also fled the U.S.

The information was passed along to Mexican law enforcement officials who acted quickly to arrest Martinez, according to the U.S. Marshals Service.

Both fugitives were turned over to U.S. law enforcement and booked at the Cochise County jail.

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