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Fugitive returned to U.S. to face burglary, other charges

January 31, 2002|By DARREN SIMON, Staff Writer

For two years a U.S. citizen residing in Mexicali avoided arrest despite being wanted on two warrants — one in connection with an El Centro burglary, the other for a probation violation.

Today Richard Emilio Quintero Mascarenas, 39, is in the Imperial County jail with bail set at $250,000.

He was taken into custody in Mexicali by the Baja California Preventive Police agents for carrying a concealed weapon, according to information released Wednesday by the U.S. Border Patrol.

Officers in Mexicali "believed Quintero might have an outstanding warrant in the U.S.," Border Patrol officials stated in a press release.

The state police contacted the Border Patrol Mexican liaison unit, which ran a records check on Quintero and determined there were two warrants for his arrest on this side of the border. Mexican authorities then advised the Border Patrol that Quintero would be deported as an undesirable.

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Quintero was turned over to the Border Patrol anti-smuggling unit at the border and then was remanded to the El Centro Police Department, which booked Quintero into the county jail.

Officials with the Border Patrol Mexican liaison unit said Quintero's arrest is an example of how working with Mexican authorities can prove beneficial for local law enforcement efforts.

Supervisory Agent Paul Lewenthal said this morning his liaison unit meets with its Mexican counterpart at least once a week to share information on smugglers and other criminal elements.

"We have a very good working relationship with the Mexican authorities on all levels," Lewenthal said.

He added sharing such information can make the border safer for those who patrol the area and whose lives can be put at risk by criminals who cross back and forth between the countries.

>> Staff Writer Darren Simon can be reached at 337-4082.

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