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Convicted Felon Charged with Murder Caught by Border Patrol Agents in N.M.

Release Date: 
May 19, 2016

DEMING, New Mexico – Border Patrol Agents from the Deming Station arrested a convicted felon this week who was previously charged with murder in New Mexico in 1989.

On May 17, Border Patrol Agents on the ATV unit were alerted to activity west of Columbus, New Mexico.  Agents responded and located the footprints of several subjects. The tracks eventually led to four male subjects attempting to conceal themselves behind nearby brush.  Each subject admitted to being in the United States illegally, and were taken into custody. They were then transported to the Deming Border Patrol Station for further processing. 

Upon arrival at the station, the men were thoroughly processed, and it was discovered that 54-year-old Arturo Solano Ramos of Mexico had an extensive criminal history. His information revealed charges including: First Degree Murder (in Albuquerque, NM in 1989), Transporting Illegal Migrants, Possession of Cocaine, Marijuana and numerous charges related to Re-Entry after Deportation.  Ramos was transported to the Luna County Detention Center pending criminal prosecution for illegal re-entry.

These incidents continue to demonstrate vigilance by U.S. Border Patrol Agents and their ability to rapidly respond to combat the furtherance of dangerous criminals into our community. Their actions also are vital in helping to disrupt illegal human trafficking in the interest of keeping our nation’s borders safe.

Last modified: 
February 9, 2017