Immigration

ERO Houston removes accused child rapist, 3 other foreign fugitives to Mexico.

Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) Houston, with assistance from ERO Mexico and the Security Alliance for Fugitive Enforcement (SAFE) Task Force, removed a foreign fugitive wanted for aggravated rape of a minor and three other foreign fugitives from the U.S. to Mexico on May 25.

Deportation officers from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) transported Marco Antonio Alcantar-Lopez, a 19-year-old unlawfully present Mexican fugitive wanted for aggravated rape of a minor; Vladimir Reynaldo Hernandez Aguilar, a 27-year-old, twice-previously removed Mexican fugitive wanted for robbery; Gilberto Cano-Troncoso, a 33-year-old previously removed Mexican fugitive wanted for drug trafficking; and Perne Vallejo Ayala, a 23-year-old, three-time previously removed Mexican fugitive wanted for auto theft from the Montgomery Processing Center in Conroe, Texas, to the Juarez-Lincoln Bridge in Laredo. Upon arrival, all four fugitives were transferred into the custody of Mexican law enforcement authorities.

Prior to their removal on May 25, 2023, Hernandez, Cano-Troncoso and Vallejo were all previously removed from the United States to Mexico. Vallejo was removed Oct. 16, 2021; Jan. 9, 2022; and May 9, 2022. Hernandez was removed Sept. 5, 2016, and Aug. 3, 2017. Cano-Troncoso was previously removed on May 17, 2023, and voluntarily departed the U.S. on Jan. 15, 2019.

In addition to their alleged crimes in Mexico, all four foreign fugitives have been convicted of various crimes while in the United States. Cano-Troncoso was convicted of burglary of a vehicle on July 24, 2009, in Collin County; criminal trespass on May 9, 2017, in Dallas County; theft of a person on Nov. 2, 2018, in Dallas County; and probation violation, theft of a person and failure to identify on March 22, 2023, in Dallas County. Vallejo was convicted of illegal reentry twice in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas; once on May 3, 2022, and again on Nov. 15, 2022. 

Hernandez was convicted of failure to stop and give information on April 24, 2014, in Harris County; possession of a controlled substance on July 14, 2015, in Harris County; and illegal entry on July 7, 2017, in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas. Alcantar-Lopez was convicted of driving while intoxicated and open alcohol container on April 27, 2023, in Brazoria County.

“All four of these fugitives fled criminal prosecution in their home country and have repeatedly violated the immigration and criminal laws of the United States,” said ERO Houston acting Field Office Director Gabriel Martinez. “By returning them to Mexico to face justice for their alleged crimes, we not only remove a public safety threat from our communities, we also provide some closure for the victims of their alleged crimes in Mexico.”

Members of the public who have information about foreign fugitives are urged to contact ICE by calling the ICE Tip Line at 866-347-2423 or internationally at 001-1802-872-6199. They can also file a tip online by completing ICE’s online tip form.

For more news and information on how the ICE ERO Houston Field Office carries out its immigration enforcement mission in Southeast Texas follow us on Twitter @EROHouston.

The SAFE Program is a fugitive enforcement and information sharing partnership that was created in 2012 to better use subject information derived from local in-country investigative resources and leads to locate, apprehend, detain, and remove individuals residing in the U.S. illegally who were subject to foreign arrest warrants.

The SAFE Program operates under the respective host nation’s AAR, which constructs a SAFE task force composed of relevant foreign law enforcement agencies, immigration authorities, attorneys general, and national identification repositories – as well as other regional, national, state, and local government agencies. The managing AAR ensures that each task force member complies with SAFE policies and standards consistent with the program’s standard operating procedures. Once established, the AAR-led SAFE task force generates new leads and vets existing SAFE fugitive referrals for ERO action.

As one of ICE’s three operational directorates, ERO is the principal federal law enforcement authority in charge of domestic immigration enforcement. ERO’s mission is to protect the homeland through the arrest and removal of those who undermine the safety of U.S. communities and the integrity of U.S. immigration laws, and its primary areas of focus are interior enforcement operations, management of the agency’s detained and non-detained populations, and repatriation of noncitizens who have received final orders of removal.

ERO’s workforce consists of more than 7,700 law enforcement and non-law enforcement support personnel across 25 domestic field offices and 208 locations nationwide, 30 overseas postings, and multiple temporary duty travel assignments along the border.

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