EL CENTRO, Calif.
A convicted drug trafficker implicated within the 1985 torture and killing of a DEA agent was arrested in Mexico and returned to California to face a cost of probation violation.
Ezequiel Godinez-Cervantes, 77, was arrested Wednesday in Mexicali by authorities appearing on info from the FBI that he had crossed the border, the San Diego Union-Tribune reported.
Godinez was handed over to U.S. authorities on the border and arraigned Thursday in federal courtroom in El Centro. It was unclear whether he has a lawyer.
Godinez was needed since final yr for probation violations involving a 1997 federal courtroom case in California, courtroom data indicate. That case concerned a earlier jail-escape conviction, the San Diego Union-Tribune reported.
Godinez, a Texas native, was a member of the now-defunct Guadalajara Cartel, Baja California state police indicated.
The cartel was implicated in the 1985 kidnapping, torture and killing of U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency agent Enrique “Kiki” Camarena in Mexico. Witnesses implicated Godinez, though he was by no means charged with the killing, the Union-Tribune stated.
The same witnesses implicated him within the 1984 kidnap-killings of 4 Jehovah’s Witnesses as they bought spiritual books door-to-door in Mexico. But Godinez also wasn’t charged in their deaths, the paper reported.
In the Nineteen Nineties, he was charged with the 1985 slayings of two U.S. residents in Guadalajara. The lads, one from Texas and the other from Minnesota, unwittingly entered a bar where drug traffickers have been partying and have been stabbed with ice picks and crushed to dying.
Godinez was arrested in Texas in 1996, but the fees towards him have been dropped the subsequent yr.
Godinez additionally was convicted of federal drug trafficking fees in Texas in the Nineteen Nineties.