Feds Capture International Fugitive Wanted for Two Murders in Colombia


By: Jim Kouri, CPP

(This report is based on documents obtained by the National Association of Chiefs of Police.)

Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents arrested a 41-year-old Colombian national wanted by the Colombian government for a 1994 double homicide. His initial court appearance was yesterday in the Southern District of Florida on federal charges of making false statements to a federal agent and he is pending extradition to Colombia.

“Apprehending dangerous foreign fugitives hiding in the United States is a top priority of ICE and our international and local law enforcement partners, including the Miami Dade Police Department and Interpol,” said Anthony V. Mangione, special agent in charge for the ICE Office of Investigations in Miami.

“It is in the interest of public safety and justice around the world to capture and return wanted fugitives to their native countries to face justice,” he said.

The fugitive was identified as Raul Sanabria Castaneda, aka Ramon Diaz, formerly residing in Pembroke Pines, FL. ICE special agents arrested Castaneda without incident on Friday, January 23, 2009, on immigration violation charges at the Miami Dade courthouse after he appeared in court for his arraignment on state misdemeanor charges for two counts of battery and one count of disorderly intoxication under the alias of Ramon Diaz.

On December 26, 2008, Sanabria-Castaneda was arrested by officers of the Miami Dade Police Department (MDPD) on the local charges. The MDPD’s Homeland Security Bureau contacted ICE because the defendant’s immigration status was questionable and information they had obtained from Interpol. ICE special agents conducted an investigation and discovered that the defendant was in the United States illegally. A fingerprint analysis of the defendant returned positive results for an Interpol Red Notice for an international fugitive, Raul Sanabria Castaneda.

ICE special agents interviewed Castaneda, who claimed he was Ramon Diaz, a citizen of Venezuela, having legally entered the United States approximately 10 years ago through John F. Kennedy International Airport. Further investigation revealed that Sanabria Castaneda entered the United States without inspection. He was charged federally with making false statements to a federal officer and appeared yesterday before U.S. Magistrate Judge Patrick A. White, who ordered him held without bond and set his arraignment date on February 9, 2009.

ICE Office of Investigations worked in close coordination with Interpol, the ICE Attaché in Colombia, and the Miami Dade Police Department to identify, locate, and apprehend this individual.



Jim Kouri, CPP is currently fifth vice-president of the National Association of Chiefs of Police and he’s a staff writer for the New Media Alliance (thenma.org). In addition, he’s the new editor for the House Conservatives Fund’s weblog. Kouri also serves as political advisor for Emmy and Golden Globe winning actor Michael Moriarty.

He’s former chief at a New York City housing project in Washington Heights nicknamed “Crack City” by reporters covering the drug war in the 1980s. In addition, he served as director of public safety at a New Jersey university and director of security for several major organizations. He’s also served on the National Drug Task Force and trained police and security officers throughout the country. Kouri writes for many police and security magazines including Chief of Police, Police Times, The Narc Officer and others. He’s a news writer for TheConservativeVoice.Com and PHXnews.com. He’s also a columnist for AmericanDaily.Com, MensNewsDaily.Com, MichNews.Com, and he’s syndicated by AXcessNews.Com. He’s appeared as on-air commentator for over 100 TV and radio news and talk shows including Oprah, McLaughlin Report, CNN Headline News, MTV, Fox News, etc. His book Assume The Position is available at Amazon.Com. Kouri’s own website is located at http://jimkouri.us

About The Author Jim Kouri, CPP:
Jim Kouri, CPP is currently fifth vice-president of the National Association of Chiefs of Police and he's a columnist for The Examiner (examiner.com) and New Media Alliance (thenma.org). In addition, he's a blogger for the Cheyenne, Wyoming Fox News Radio affiliate KGAB (www.kgab.com). Kouri also serves as political advisor for Emmy and Golden Globe winning actor Michael Moriarty. He's former chief at a New York City housing project in Washington Heights nicknamed "Crack City" by reporters covering the drug war in the 1980s. In addition, he served as director of public safety at a New Jersey university and director of security for several major organizations. He's also served on the National Drug Task Force and trained police and security officers throughout the country. Kouri writes for many police and security magazines including Chief of Police, Police Times, The Narc Officer and others. He's a news writer and columnist for AmericanDaily.Com, MensNewsDaily.Com, MichNews.Com, and he's syndicated by AXcessNews.Com. Kouri appears regularly as on-air commentator for over 100 TV and radio news and talk shows including Fox News Channel, Oprah, McLaughlin Report, CNN Headline News, MTV, etc. To subscribe to Kouri's newsletter write to COPmagazine@aol.com and write "Subscription" on the subject line.
Website:http://jimkouri.us

No Comments

No comments yet.

RSS feed for comments on this post. TrackBack URI

Sorry, the comment form is closed at this time.