Mexico City, December 28, 2006 — “At year’s end, I am pleased to highlight the record number of 63 fugitives who have been returned to the United States by Mexico in 2006 to face criminal charges. This is the highest ever number of extraditions in a year from Mexico to the United States and demonstrates our countries’ common commitment to bringing criminals to justice.
The United States very much appreciates the collaboration of a range of Mexican law enforcement and government officials. We built an excellent relationship of law enforcement cooperation during the administration of President Vicente Fox, and I look forward to further strengthening that relationship under the leadership of President Felipe Calderon.
As a result of these extraditions, alleged murderers, drug traffickers, and individuals wanted for crimes ranging from robbery to rape are among those who will face justice in the United States. Examples of the more notable recent extraditions include:
- Javier Torres Felix, a top lieutenant in the Zambada drug trafficking organization, responsible for the transportation and delivery of thousands of kilograms of cocaine to the U.S. during the 1990s;
- Hector Aguirre, wanted in California for the carjacking and murder of a 54-year old woman outside a donut shop in San Bernardino on New Year’s Eve 2001;
- Ruben Hernandez Martinez, accused of brutally raping three women in their homes in Nashville, Tennessee, in 1997-1998; and
- Ulises Martinez, wanted in Miami, Florida, on money laundering charges, and accused of conducting a multi-million dollar Medicare fraud scheme in the 1990s.
Americans and Mexicans are all safer thanks to the commitment and hard work of law enforcement agencies in both of our countries.”