Accused Murderer of Mexican Police Officer and His Wife Is Deported


By: Jim Kouri, CPP

A man who was wanted for allegedly committing an execution-style killing of a Mexican police officer and his wife in June was deported last Wednesday. This case was investigated — and the deportation was carried out — by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).

Gustavo Guerrero-Cereceres, 36, was arrested by ICE agents at Adams County Courthouse on January 23. The U.S. Marshals Service had informed ICE about Guerrero-Cereceres’ arrest warrant by the Mexican government.

Guerrero-Cereceres and his accomplice, Virilio Palma, are accused of killing Israel Barriga-Rodriguez, a Mexican police officer, and his wife at their home June 14, 2008. After the murders, both men then fled into hiding. Palma was later arrested in Los Mochis, Mexico, for the murders. Guerrero-Cereceres had been living in an apartment in Commerce City, Colorado. Authorities suspect that the murders were ordered by the Sinaloa Drug Cartel.

Guerrero-Cereceres was deported into the custody of Mexican authorities at the El Paso, Texas, Port-of-Entry to face murder charges.

Guerrero-Cereceres has a criminal arrest record dating to 1995 which include arrests for: drunken driving, vehicle theft, selling drugs and assault. He also was previously deported from the United States in August 1997. Re-entering the United States after having been officially deported is a felony punishable by up to 20 years in prison.

“It’s vital that we ensure criminal aliens do not use the United States as a safe haven from justice after they commit crimes in their home countries or elsewhere,” said Jeffrey Copp, special agent in charge of the ICE Office of Investigations. “ICE routinely works with local, national and international law enforcement agencies to perform our common goal – combating crime.”

Copp oversees a four-state area which includes: Colorado, Montana, Utah and Wyoming. U.S. Marshals Service assisted ICE with this investigation.



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 blog editor for the House Conservatives Fund’s weblog. Recently, the editors Examiner.com appointed him as their Law Enforcement Examiner. 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 NewswithViews.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 300 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.
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