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Mexican murder suspect arrested at AZ checkpoint

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Jose Aguilar-Lucas, 36, was turned over to Mexican federal police by ICE officers. (Source: Dept. of Homeland Security) Jose Aguilar-Lucas, 36, was turned over to Mexican federal police by ICE officers. (Source: Dept. of Homeland Security)
NOGALES, AZ (CBS5) -

A Mexican murder suspect was stopped at an Arizona border checkpoint and turned over to Mexican federal police by ICE officers on Friday. 

A criminal arrest warrant was issued in May of 2010 for Jose Aguilar-Lucas, 36, by Mexican authorities in the state of Baja California Sur, charging him with homicide.

Ajo Station Border Patrol agents identified the warrant in November of 2013, after they arrested Aguilar-Lucas for illegally entering the U.S.

They entered his name into an intelligence database and discovered the active warrant.

"This man thought he could escape justice in Mexico by hiding in Arizona," said Jon Gurule, acting field office director for ERO Phoenix.

Following his November 2013 arrest by U.S. Border Patrol, Aguilar-Lucas was convicted in December of 2013 of criminal illegal entry in U.S. District Court in Tucson and sentenced to 40 days in federal prison.

Following his release from prison in January of 2014, he was detained at Florence Detention Center.

Aguilar-Lucas had been previously convicted of criminal illegal entry in February of 2011 and was previously removed from the U.S. four times in 2011 and 2012, following arrests by U.S. Border Patrol.

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