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U.S. Border Patrol Agents Arrest Member of Violent Kidnapping Cell

Release Date: 
March 21, 2014

SAN DIEGO—Late Sunday evening, U.S. Border Patrol agents working near the U.S./Mexico International Border arrested a group of Mexican nationals who had entered the U.S. illegally.  The foot guide in the group was later identified as Ezequiel Villanueva-Perez, a member of a criminal cell that operated in the Campo area in 2009 and was responsible for rapes, kidnappings, and murders.  

When questioned on Sunday, all members of the group admitted they had entered the U.S. illegally and had no documentation that allowed them to remain.  They were transported to a nearby station for processing.  When coordinating the event with San Diego Sector’s Foreign Operations Branch (FOB), it was revealed that the foot guide had active warrants in Tecate and Tijuana for kidnapping and homicide.

San Diego Sector’s FOB made arrangements on Tuesday with the Procuraduría General de Justicia del Estado to return Villanueva-Perez to Mexico to execute his active warrants.  Through binational coordination, the subject was transferred to Government of Mexico authorities through a local port of entry on Wednesday.

To prevent the illicit smuggling of humans, drugs, and other contraband, the U.S. Border Patrol maintains a high level of vigilance on major corridors of egress away from our Nation’s borders.  The U.S. Border Patrol also maintains strong partnerships with international law enforcement agencies to reduce crime and improve the quality of life in border communities.  To report suspicious activity to the U.S. Border Patrol, contact San Diego Sector at (619) 498-9900.

Last modified: 
February 3, 2021