Department of Justice announced the extradition of Jesus Navarro-Montes from the Republic of Mexico. According to the indictment, recently unsealed in San Diego federal court, Mr. Navarro-Montes is charged in a three-count superseding indictment with federal narcotics violations and second-degree murder in connection with the death of U.S. Customs and Border Protection Border Patrol Agent Luis Aguilar on January 19, 2008.
Navarro-Montes arrived today in Houston, Texas, where he will be presented in United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas as thta is the place of his entry into teh USA. Mr. Navarro-Montes will then be transferred to the Southern District of California where the charges were filed and he will then make his initial appearance in court.
According to the superseding indictment, Agent Aguilar was on duty on January 19, 2008, in the Imperial Sand Dunes Recreation Area in Imperial County, California, when he was struck and killed by a Hummer H2 driven by Navarro-Montes. The superseding indictment further alleges that Navarro-Montes conspired to distribute marijuana beginning at a date unknown and continuing up to and including January 19, 2008. The superseding indictment was handed up by a federal grand jury sitting in San Diego on May 6, 2009, and unsealed on May 14, 2009. The superseding indictment replaced an initial indictment handed up by a San Diego federal grand jury on February 18, 2009, alleging that Navarro-Montes had possessed with intent to distribute approximately 445 kilograms of marijuana on September 23, 2007.